Rita Pierce

Rita E. "Dear" Pierce (Gilligan)

Friday, August 24th, 1923 - Saturday, April 25th, 2020
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Rita E. "Dear" Pierce, 96, of Brodheadsville, passed away Saturday, April 25 in her home surrounded by her family.

She was the loving wife of the late James P. Pierce. They celebrated 48 years of marriage together before his passing in 2001.

Born in New York City, she was the daughter of the late James P. Gilligan and the late MaryAnn (Monaghan) Gilligan.

Dear was a bookkeeper for various offices for most of her life. She was a World War II Navy Veteran. Enlisting in 1944, she was stationed in San Diego, CA. During her time, she took part in the Navy WAVES, where she earned the rank of Pharmacist Mate. She moved from Philadelphia with her husband and relocated to the Poconos in 1984. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and great grandmother. She will be deeply missed by all of her friends and family.

She is survived by a son, James C. Pierce and his wife Margie of Chadds Ford; four daughters, Patrice R. Magalon of Harrisburg, Cynthia L. Whittaker and her husband Fred of Glenmoore, Rita M. Brannigan and her husband James of Brodheadsville, Kathleen J. Keller and her husband Thomas of Brodheadsville; fourteen grandchildren, Gregory, Christine, Kelly Ann, Kathleen, Melissa, Joseph, Erin, Rita, Laura, James, Matthew, Connor, Ryan, Sarah; twelve great grandchildren, Jonathan, Fallon, Noah, Caitlyn, Liam, Addison, Prudence, Jude, Averee, Skyler, Tessa, and Jay. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Greg Magalon, and ten brothers and sisters.

No services are scheduled at this time. Burial of the cremated remains will be held on a later date at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, PA.

Kresge Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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    H. G. Smith Crematory
    2120 North Fifth St.
    Stroudsburg, PA 18360
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    Burial of the cremated remains will be scheduled on a later date at the convenience of the family in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annvile, PA.


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Love Erika, Hayli, Bibi, Paula, Donna, Yaneth, Betty

Posted at 09:04pm
Rita, you are in our thoughts and prayers. We know how much Your Mom meant to your whole family. We are always here for you.
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Lori, Joe & The Northern Region Managers

Posted at 07:02pm
Dear Rita, Jim & Family, So sorry to hear about the loss of Dear. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Hang on to all the great memories.
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Rita and Charlie Bily and family

Posted at 08:07am
Dear Patti,Jim ,Cindy, Sassy and Rita,
We are so sorry th hear the news. What a wonderful Mother you had. I always remember
The stories about your Mom that my Mom would share. How she joined the waves and
Bought property in San Diego, had her own bank account and purchased a headstone
For her parents’ grave( with her own money).My mother had the greatest respect and
Love for her, as we all did. We are all saddened and send our prayers and love to all.

Robert, Mary, Zachary, Joshua, and Nicholas Meyer

Posted at 06:32am
We wish you peace and comfort in the arms of loved ones and the memories you will have in your hearts forever.
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Bill and Sue Severino

Posted at 07:19pm
Our condolences to the family. Dear was a wonderful woman. She will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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