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Rita A. (Maher) Stanley
  • Mass. General North Shore Cancer Center, Attn: Heidi Turner
    102 Endicott St.
    Danvers, MA 01923

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“Dear Stanley family,I was so sad to hear of Rita's passing. I have many lovely memoriesof her during her visits to Miami when Jane and Chris lived...Read More »
1 of 16 | Posted by: susan mcgrath - FL - Friend

“Laura and family,I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She and your Dad were wonderful neighbors here at Towne Estates. Enjoyed many...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kathy Hall Childress - Melrose, MA

“Deepest sympathy to Rita's family.may she Rest In Peace.Saw her walking not too long ago. ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: Mary O' Leary - Melrose, MA

“Brian,Elaine,Diane,and family Very sorry to hear about your mom, many fond memories of happy times ”
4 of 16 | Posted by: Rich ( Yogi ) Giannelli - MA

“Aunt Rita will be sorely missed by many. She was a talented homemaker.Her wonderful sense of humor and quick smile made the people who were...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Catherine Maher - Raleigh, NC

“Dear Stanley's,My memories of Aunt Rita will always center around her compassion and generosity. Erin and I are very sorry for your loss.Tom Flynn ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Flynn - Brookline, MA

“Aunt Rita and Uncle Jack's children, my cousins...was so sorry to hear about your Moms passing. She Was always so kind to Us, Doug and Joyce's...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Cynthia Maher Rendell - Paisley, FL

“Dear Laura and Stanley siblings , So sorry to read of your heartache. Such a difficult time in our life when we say goodbye to a parent. Hope you all...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Tom Prendergast - Sandwich, MA

“Dear PatPlease accept our condolences on the loss of your Mother, Rita. May she Rest In Peace. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: John and Chris Roberts - MA

“Dear Laura & family,Sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother. She was such a lovely woman. I have many fond recollections...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lauren Prendergast Applegate - NC

“Patty, Brian, Elaine, Diane, Laura, Jane & Andrew,My deepest condolences for your loss. Thinking of you.Pam ”
11 of 16 | Posted by: Pamela Maher - Los Gatos, CA

“Patty, Brian, Elaine, Diane, Laura, Jane and Andrew,I am very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a great mother!She was such a wonderful Aunt...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Deirdre Flynn - brooklyn, CT

“Dear Elaine,Please accept my deepest condolences. I am so sorry for your loss. It's clear to see from your mom's photo and her obituary that she is...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Almerinda Silva - Tyngsboro, MA

“Elaine,I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy. -Heidi Horahan ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Heidi Horahan - MA - Coworker

“Dear Elaine and Family,I am very saddened to hear about the death of your beloved Mom. Sincerely, AmyJean McKeown ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: AmyJean McKeown - Melrose, MA

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: John W. Gately, John H. Gately & Fred Sprague


Rita A. (Maher) Stanley, of Melrose, died at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading on Jan. 1, 2018 at the age of 86. Rita was born & raised in Wakefield and a graduate of Wakefield High School, Class of 1949. She resided in Wakefield until 1954 and the past 63 years in Melrose. Rita was a homemaker who loved quilting, sewing, cooking and baking. She enjoyed golfing and taking trips to Myrtle Beach, SC and Florida. Rita's home & family were the most important part of her life. She was the beloved wife of the late John A. "Jack" Stanley for 64 years. Loving mother of Patricia Elsea & her husband James of N. Billerica, Brian Stanley & his wife Yong of Las Vegas, Elaine Stanley, Diane Emery & her husband Chip, all of Melrose, Laura Paquette & her husband Scott of Billerica, Jane Stanley McGrath & her husband Chris of San Diego, CA and Andrew Stanley & his husband Richard Whale of London, England. Cherished grandmother Kyle, Matthew, Devon, Ryan, Madeleine, Anne and Shea. Great grandmother of Ella & Harriet. Caring sister of 13 siblings. Also survived by nieces, nephews, relatives & friends. Visitation will be held at the Gately Funeral Home, 79 W. Foster St., Melrose on Friday, Jan. 5th from 4-7PM. Relatives & friends respectfully invited to attend. Funeral Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Rita's name to the Mass. General North Shore Cancer Center, 102 Endicott St., Danvers, MA 01923 or 978-882-6060, Attn: Heidi Turner..