Rita V. Moore (nee Lapenta), 78, of Dewitt, passed away Sunday at the Jewish Home. Born in Syracuse, she was the youngest daughter of the late Nicholas V. and Assunta Lapenta, Italian immigrants. Rita was a graduate of New York University's Bellevue School of Nursing. She worked over the course of a long and distinguished career as an Emergency Room charge nurse in Ogden, Utah, and Washington, D.C. She was also a dedicated leader on the Emergency Room team at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y., where she was one of the last nurses who wore a white uniform and hat. She was a decorated veteran, and proud of her service in the United States Air Force; she retired as a Lt. Colonel in the USAF Reserve Nurse Corps. Rita was activated during the 1991 Gulf War and was recognized for her outstanding service in setting up and administering a temporary hospital at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y. She was married for a time to the late Robert Moore, also an Air Force officer. In the course of her career she traveled extensively, including volunteering as a nurse in post-colonial Algeria. She was a dedicated Parishioner of Holy Cross Church in DeWitt. Rita was predeceased by her sister Irene Sutphin and brother Nicholas Lapenta, both of Syracuse, N.Y.
Survivors include her sister Frances Neer of N.J., as well as beloved nieces and nephews, including Paul R. (Catherine) Sutphin of Alexandria, VA, Lisa (Nicholas) Petosa of Syracuse, Michael Lapenta of Syracuse, Richard (Vickie) Neer of N.C., John (Jeannie) Neer of NJ, Dan (Rose) Neer of NJ, and Susan (Victor) Csirip, of NJ.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 16 at 10:15 a.m. at FARONE & SON FUNERAL HOME and 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Entombment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum, Dewitt. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, August 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home, 1500 Park Street, Syracuse.
Condolences may be offered at www.faroneandson.com.