Rita Y. Pendlyshok
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Rita Y. Pendlyshok (95), formerly of Avonmore, passed away at Arden Courts in Harrisburg on
December 11. She was predeceased by Mike Pendlyshok, her husband of 67 years.
Rita was an active member of St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church in Avonmore, and she was a
charter member of the town's historical society. Because of her love of history, she enjoyed traveling
throughout the country and had visited Europe several times.
She owned and operated Rita's Beauty Shop in her home, and she worked as a beautician well
into her eighties. An avid gardener, she always looked forward to planting spring flowers.
She was proud of her Italian heritage. She enjoyed making wedding soup and baking Italian
Christmas fig cookies and pizzelles.
Rita is survived by two daughters, Mary Lou Bytof (Joseph) of Dillsburg, and Judith Maurer
(Charles) of Bluemont, VA, and grandchildren Stephen Bytof of Kingston, Jonathan Bytof (Mackenzie) of
Carlisle, Jason Bytof (Jessica) of Mechanicsburg, Amanda Maurer of Petersburg, FL, and Michael Maurer
(Candi) of Mount Pleasant, SC.
She also has 6 great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Mechanicsburg
on December 15.
Due to the current restrictions on gatherings, a memorial mass followed by a reception to
celebrate her life will be held at a later date in Avonmore.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.cocklinfuneralhome.com