Peacefully at St. Joseph’s Hospice with her loving family by her side, Rita Marie Szymanski passed away on Monday, March 12, 2012, at the age of 75. Beloved wife of Harry Szymanski for 52 years.  Loving mother of Susan (Siep) Nyholt, Laurie (Gary) Delavigne and Paul (Janice) Szymanski.  Cherished grandmother of Danielle and Nicole Nyholt, Holly and Randi Delavigne, and Tom, Donna and Lisa Szymanski.  Dear sister of the late John (Donna) Lucio, Joe (Marion) Lucio and George (Connie) Lucio.  Sister-in-law of the late Jean (Henry) Iwanciewicz, Ted (Regina) Szymanski, Mary (Stan) Kempa, Julius (Susan) Szymanski, Irene Szymanski and Bernice (Ron) Gough.  Will be lovingly remembered by countless nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, neighbours and her loving dog and companion Penny.  Predeceased by her parents George and Georgette Lucio and first husband Leonard Huffman. Family and friends will be received on Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, with prayers being offered at 3:30 p.m. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, 1465 Lecaron Ave., Sarnia, where Rita was a member of the Catholic Women’s League. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation or St. Joseph’s Hospice-Sarnia would be greatly appreciated (cheques only at the funeral home please). Memories and condolences may be sent online at

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