Rita Ann (Cunningham) Lulis, 87, of Inverness, FL and formerly of Southington, CT, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. She had been the loving wife of the late Stanley Lulis for 48 years.
Rita was born on March 13, 1934 in New Britain to the late John and Gertrude (Klar) Cunningham, and was a longtime Southington resident before moving to FL in 2015.
Rita was a longtime parishioner at the Immaculate Conception Church in Southington. She worked in the Hot Lunch program in Southington Schools for many years and then opened her own business, Stitchery By Rita. Rita enjoyed spending time with her family, playing cards and bingo and was very talented with her craft business.
Rita is survived by her son, Richard J. Lulis of Southington and two daughters, Karen A. Papke and her husband Rick of Inverness, FL, Nancy deBlok and her husband Mark and one grandson, Lukas deBlok, all of East Longmeadow, MA. She is also survived by her extended grandchildren - Allison, Erin and Tayler along with Joshua, Adam and Emily as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Stanley, Rita was predeceased by her brother, Frank Cunningham and sister, Claire Kitson.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to National Kidney Foundation (www.kidney.org).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 12 at the Immaculate Conception Church, 130 Summer St, Plantsville. Burial will follow in Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Southington. Plantsville Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit www.plantsvillefuneralhome.com.