Rita M. Jalette

Born: Fri., Jul. 14, 1922
Died: Sun., Apr. 30, 2017


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., May 04, 2017
Location: Roy W. Barber Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Fri., May 05, 2017
Location: St. Patrick's Catholic Church

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Rita Mary (Prendergast) Jalette, 94, of Gaithersburg, MD, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 30, 2017 surrounded by her loving family.  She was the wife of the late Henry Louis Jalette, Sr., and sister to the late Agnes Szczengor, Mary Kennedy, and Thomas J. Kirby, Jr.  Born and raised in Woonsocket, RI, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Rogers) Prendergast. 

She will be greatly missed by her children: Joan Pritchard (Chris), Claire Dant (Pat), Michael Jalette (Kim), Henry Jalette (Lenore), Joyce Jalette Shotts, and Connie Kirby (Bill); 14 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Rita graduated from Woonsocket High School in 1940 and worked at several companies including Taft Pierce, Air Dale, and Lippit Worsted Mill. Rita and Henry were married at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Woonsocket on June 11, 1949. They moved to Maryland due to Henry's education and career. After the birth of their first child, Rita stayed home to be a full-time mother.

Rita was a devoted parishioner and one of the founding members of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville, MD and very active with Mother of God Community in Gaithersburg, MD.  Throughout her life, Rita’s faith was the source of her joy and she shared it with everyone she met, being a blessing to many.

Calling hours are Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 4-8 pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, MD 20882 (www.barberfhlaytonsville.com) with a Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:30 am in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD.  Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Rockville. 

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Thomas W. Timmins (Tom)
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017
The Timmins Family wishes to express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to Rita's family. We are lucky to have known Rita and her family for nearly 50 years now and continue to cherish them in our life. May she rest in peace with the Lord. God Bless one and all.

Elizabeth Heisey
   Posted Wed May 03, 2017

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Sacred Heart/St. John's Choir.

Connie - We love you and are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. With love from your Choir Family

Mary Sykes
   Posted Thu May 04, 2017
Jim and I send our condolences to all family members. Rita was a wonderful woman of faith and lived to give glory to God. She was a very strong woman with a gentle and loving heart.

Rita, rest in the arms of the Risen Lord until we meet again.

Mary and Jim Sykes

Claire Dant
   Posted Sat May 06, 2017
Eulogy for Rita M. Jalette, My Mom
Given on Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Mom was a Christian. Although she fulfilled many roles throughout her life – wife, mother, friend – it was her identity as a follower of Jesus Christ that ultimately defined her.

This was not always the case – Mom lost both of her parents by the time she was 6 years old and was then raised by her unmarried uncle and several cousins. Although they did the best they could, for much of her life, Mom considered her identity to be “orphan; unloved.”

Then, she married during a period in which a woman’s identity was often just a reflection of her husband’s. So, she became Henry’s wife, and soon after she also became our mother. That role kept her very busy. As you can imagine, with 6 of us, something was always happening. I will never forget her sayings as we were growing up, like: “Go up a gum tree and stick.” She told me that she always got up and dressed nicely because she never knew if she would be going to the hospital that day. In my case that often involved my penchant for going barefoot. Just before we moved to MD, I stepped on a clothespin spring that coiled up into my foot. Off to the hospital we went. Not many weeks later, here in MD, I was skateboarding barefoot and stepped on a piece of glass gashing my foot quite badly. I didn’t want to tell Mom that I had cut my foot again, so I went to a neighbor’s house and bled all over their white carpet. Of course, Mom had to be called, and to the hospital we went again. While raising us certainly brought Mom satisfaction, it didn’t define her as a person.

Then, she received Jesus as her Savior and her life was changed. She was never happier than when she was giving a prophesy, sharing about Jesus, or praying for people’s needs. She deeply desired to be close to the Lord and to please Him. Yet, she still struggled to understand what it meant to experience the Father’s love. She often said, “I don’t know what a father is. I never experienced having a father.”

She never felt that she was smart or accomplished. She did not believe that she was special. How wrong she was! My Mom was one of the wisest people I know. I will miss talking to her about my life – her insights often provided much-needed perspective. And what greater accomplishment than to raise 6 children! None of us would be where we are without her. My Mom was a model of unconditional love– she reached out and accepted everyone. She is the very definition of SPECIAL.

As I say good-bye to my Mom, I’m going to miss her desperately, but I am glad to know that as she entered Heaven into the loving arms of Her Lord, that she at last knew the truth – that she is more special than she ever imagined and deeply loved by her Heavenly Father!

   Posted Mon May 08, 2017
My sincere condolences to the family for your loss. May the promises in God’s word provide you with comfort and strength during this most difficult time. John 5:28-29

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