Rita Mary Rocheford
Rocheford, Rita Mary of Minneapolis, passed away August 21, 2019 at the age of 67. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Jane Rocheford and her brother, James Trow Rocheford. She is survived by Colleen Convey, her partner of 33 years; sisters, Michele R. Towle (Tom), Joann Pastorius (John); brother, Lawrence M. Rocheford (Beth) along with nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Rita attended Regina High School and graduated from the U of MN with a B.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration and a Masters in Education. Rita's passion was creating joyful community in her work and in all aspects of her life. Her career included work with the Camp Tamarac, YWCA, YMCA, MN Zoo, U of MN Sports Clubs, Mpls Rivercity Trolley, NRP, Lyndale Neighborhood Association, and Edina Realty. In 2000 she started Rocheford Handmade Tile which produced house number art tiles sold nation-wide. A memorial will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at the First Universalist Church, 3400 Dupont Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Gathering of family and friends beginning 11:30 am, service at 12 Noon and a reception following the service. Memorials to the nonprofit of your choice or to the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, 4800 Minnehaha Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55417 mplsparksfoundation.org
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