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“Jim, Debbie & the entire Withrow familyVery sorry to hear about your mothers passing. I did not know her personally, but Jimmy & Deb have been part...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Ronald Dow - Sumner, ME

“To the Withrow Family especially Bob, Pat, Robbie, Danny, and the newest little Withrow; we are so very sorry about the loss of your wife, mother,...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Joseph Vanaria - Henderson, NV

“WarrenSorry to hear this news..Moms cannot be replaced, but memories can never be taken.. ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: golf friend

“Sorry for your loss Pat Bob and family ”
4 of 18 | Posted by: Maguy Pollak - Westwood, MA

“Please know my heart goes out to all of you. I am so happy I did get to visit with her on my last trip to Waltham. I will keep everyone in my...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Carole Clark - Terrytown 70056, LA

“My heartfelt love and condolences for the loss of Rita from this earthly experience. We will all be together again one day. My prayers are being...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Evelyn Serval - Glenburn, ME

“Aunt Rita you are our loving reminder of what it means to love and cherish others we are so saddened right now but celebrate you much love tenderness...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Mary and Bob Murray - Bluffton, SC

“Such a wonderful smile. My sympathy to all the Withrow family. ”
8 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy Emmert

“Warren, Jim and all the Withrow family,so sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love,Wally and Jeana ”
9 of 18 | Posted by: Walter Welch - Waltham, MA

“Dear Helen and family, we are so sorry for the loss of your mom. Doug and I will remember all the fun times we had with her at Moes. Our prayers to...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Sandra Cate - Friend

“Sue I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.. ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Shirley Duggan - Lexington, MA

“Oh my wonderful Aunt Rita. I have such fond memories of our families visiting both in Natick and Waltham. And the cards. The beautiful, thoughtful...Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Susan Cormier Hill - Knoxville, TN

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through. Just know Rita is a peace now and pain free. My love thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: ShirlemM Milward (Orechia)SS - MA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through. Just know Rita is a peace now and pain free. My love thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: ShirlemM Milward (Orechia)SS - MA

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through. Just know Rita is a peace now and pain free. My love thoughts and prayers are...Read More »
15 of 18 | Posted by: ShirlemM Milward (Orechia)SS - MA

“Ma,Words cannot say what you have meant to my life. You mean so much to me and will leave a void that can never be replaced. Your memory will live...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: Warren Withrow - Waltham, MA

“I cherish the cards and letters I received throughout the years from Rita. Her thoughtful kind words helped me without her even knowing. I was happy...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Roni Gagnon - Waltham, MA

“We as a family are truly blessed to have been able to share in what is clearly one of god's miracles. Aunt Rita will alys be remembered as a true...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: william cormier - wlfd, CT


Rita Withrow will long be remembered for always sending a card to mark a special occasion or to pen a note to family or friends. It became her own hallmark tradition and in this day and age of technology and social media she preferred a personal touch. She was blessed at the end of her life to have the opportunity to tell each family member how much she loved them and offered her motherly advice to them as their lives continue. She died peacefully on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the Kaplan Family Hospice Residence in Danvers after a short illness. She was 87.

Born on July 9, 1930 in Chisholm, Maine she was a daughter of the late Wilfred and Nellie (Lacroix) Cormier. She was raised in Livermore Falls on a farm. A move to Waltham in 1942 would later introduce her to Robert E. Withrow. They married on January 18, 1953 in Saint Charles Borromeo Church. She attended St. Pierre's School and Saint Mary's High School.

She worked for over 27 years at the former well-known Moe Black's on Lexington Street where she was a familiar and friendly face and came to be known as 'Rita Refunds'. The consummate homemaker, caregiver and mother she was true to the words in every sense. She loved to knit and crotchet, country music and the Boston Red Sox and most of all visits from her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 64 years, Robert, she leaves their children, Steven G. Withrow and his wife, Paula of Falmouth, Robert E. Withrow Jr and his wife, Patricia of Dedham, Helen C. Antonellis and her husband, Kenneth of Hudson, Susan A. Bowers and her husband, Jonathan of Danvers, James P. Withrow and his wife, Deborah of Watertown and Warren M. Withrow and his wife, Karen of Waltham; her siblings, Alma Serval of Waltham, Eleanor Currier of Iowa and George Cormier of Tennessee; also survived by 18 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her siblings and the late Edward, Wilfred, and Norman Cormier, Christine Darling and Irene Orifice.

Family and friends will honor and remember Rita's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday July 24th from 4 to 8 p.m. and again at 9 a.m. on Tuesday morning before leaving in procession to Our Lady Comforter of the Afflicted Church, 880 Trapelo Road, Waltham where her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Waltham.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, Boston Children's Hospital, 401 Park Drive, Suite 602, Boston, MA 02215 or to Kaplan Family Hospice House, 78 Liberty St., Danvers, MA 01923.

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