Rita was born the youngest daughter to Almanzor and Ida Desilets on Oct. 6, 1919 near Sunnynook, Alta.
She attended Connersville, Pollockville, and Castor schools.
At the age of 19, she married the love of her life, Albert Galarneau on April 19, 1937. They were married for 68 years.
Rita kept busy with her family and she always cooked for hired men on the ranch.
Albert and Rita went to many rodeos where Albert took part in.
After Albert passed away, Rita lived in the Acadia Lodge until her health deteriorated and she was moved to Long Term Care where she resided until the time of her death.
Rita is survived by her sons: Jack (Rapheala), David; daughter Mary Lou (Jim); seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband Albert in 2006, and sons: Terry in 1973, and Raymond in 2016.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. George’s Catholic Church, or to the Hanna Food Bank.
Rita was blessed with many friends, but her family meant more to her than anything else.
She will be missed by her family and all who knew her.
A funeral mass was held on Sat., Oct. 3, 2020, at St. George’s Catholic Church in Hanna, Alta.
Hanna Funeral Services Ltd. entrusted with the care and arrangements, 403-854-5956, www.hannafuneral.ca.
Card of Thanks
The family of Rita Galarneau would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Long Term Care, Hanna for the great care and compassion given to Gramma over the last five years.
Also, a big thank you to Laurie for making a hard time a little easier. Laurie, you are great at what you do.
Thank you, Father Newton, for the beautiful mass and Michele for the music. You made many of us teary-eyed.
Thank you, Sandy and Terri, for doing the readings.
Thank you everyone for the flowers, cards and the many expressions of sympathy. We appreciated every one of them. People are great, especially when you need a lift.
– Rita Galarneau’s Family.