Rita Champigny – Woonsocket

Rita Champigny – Woonsocket

Rita (Duguay) Champigny, 96, of Woonsocket, passed away peacefully on November 26, 2017, in St. Antoine Residence in North Smithfield. She was the wife of the late Jean Paul Champigny. One of nine children, she was born in Woonsocket to the late Adelard and Palma (Lavoie) Duguay.

She was an active parishioner of Precious Blood Catholic Church in Woonsocket for the majority of her life. She was active in her community and was part of many local clubs including The Royal Travelers Club. Rita worked at McCarthy’s Department Store in the Walnut Hill plaza for over 20 years until its closure in 1989, shortly after its 100th anniversary. She was loved by so many and she will be greatly missed.

Rita leaves behind her loving daughters, Normande Kalberer and her husband, Richard, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jeanne Greenhill and her husband, Corey, of Glendale, Ariz.; four granddaughters, Stacey Ross, Lauren Hines, Stephanie Moffatt and Beth Kalberer; six great-grandchildren; her brother Marcel Duguay and his wife, Georgette, of Woonsocket; as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers Edgar, Albert, Emile, and Eugene as well as her sisters Jeannette, Alice, and Helen.

Her funeral will be held Wednesday, December 13, 2017, beginning with visitation at 9:30 a.m., in the Holt Funeral Home, 510 South Main St., Woonsocket, R.I., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. in the Chapel at St. Antoine Residence, 10 Rhodes Avenue, North Smithfield, R.I. Burial will follow in St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 314 Wrentham Road, Bellingham, Mass.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Rita’s name may be made to St. Antoine Residence.