NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Rita Jean (Supercynski) Ravenna was truly one of God's most amazing creations. She was blessed with so much: intelligence, creativity, athleticism, beauty, courage, strength and compassion. The loss of Rita is not only a loss to her family and friends, but to the whole human race. Prior to her short but intense battle with cancer, she had not been sick a day in her life. She passed away peacefully Aug. 3, 2014, in New Haven with her husband, children, and sisters by her side.
Rita was born on June 7, 1961, in Wakefield, Mich ., to Charles and Abigail (Sendek) Supercynski. She grew up in Ironwood, Mich ., and graduated from Ironwood Catholic High School, attended Gogebic Community College, and attained her bachelor's degree in civil engineering at Michigan Technological University. A few years after graduation, she earned her professional engineering license and worked for a number of years in her field.
She was a wonderful wife to John for nearly 30 years and a proud, doting mother to Nicholas, 29, and Maggie, 27. Rita and her family called many places home. They lived in Livonia, Mich ., Hudson, Ohio, Zurich, Switzerland, and Ridgefield, Conn.
She is survived by sisters, Ann (Jim) Osborn, Front Royal, Va ., Mary (Greg) Anderson, Belgium, Wis ., Jill (Tom Johnson) Supercynski, Ironwood; her parents, Charles and Denese Daniels, Wakefield; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rita was preceded in death by her mother; her paternal grandparents, Bernard and Mary (Kusz) Supercynski, and maternal grandparents, Ed and Mae (Wanzer) Sendek.
Rita was the biggest fan of "Team Ravenna." She spent countless hours driving to watch and support John, Maggie and Nicholas compete in various sporting events and recreational activities.
She loved hiking, running and skiing. Playing basketball was a passion for her entire life and she was notorious for her free throws. She was crazy about March Madness, the World Cup, the Olympics, and Grand Slam tennis. She enjoyed her pets, gardening, traveling, creating mosaics, baking the world's best chocolate chip cookies, good wine, excellent food, and interesting conversation.
Children loved Rita and she loved them. Her favorite jobs were working at Zurich International School and Ridgefield Academy because she thrived and loved the energy of young people. Rita felt that every child should have access to the best education.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a scholarship fund in Rita's honor for underprivileged children at Ridgefield Academy, 223 W. Mountain Road ., Ridgefield, CT, 06877.
A memorial mass will be held for Rita at St. Sebastian Church in Bessemer on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 6 p.m. A social for family and friends will be held at the Sophie Street Café and Bakery following the mass to celebrate her life.
Rita loved her life and wanted us to continue her legacy by making the most of every day and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us. She is loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.