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Rita T. Vant, 79, of Rockford, passed away in her home, Thursday, January 25, 2018 after a full and vibrant life. Rita was born March 19, 1938, the daughter of Charles and Helen (Parochka) Makusky, and was raised in Rockford, Illinois, where she built her life with her family. After graduating from Muldoon High School, she began work with the Rockford Board of Education and she married James Vant on June 27, 1959, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family and watching her grandchildren grow up. She enjoyed playing bingo and singing in the choir at Ss. Peter and Paul and St. Edward's church. She had a spirited social life. She was an active member at Ss. Peter and Paul Church and was an active member of the Rockford Lithuanian Club. Most recently becoming a member of Holy Family Church. She was a loving wife and mother, a wonderful homemaker and an awesome "Grannie".

Rita is survived by her husband of 58 years, James Vant of Rockford; children, Joseph Vant of Machesney Park, Jacqueline (David) Acton of Stillman Valley, John (Maggie) Vant of Rockford; grandchildren, Kayla, Kristen, and Bradley Acton and Lexi and Megan Vant; and step-grandson, Jacob Acton. Rita is predeceased by her parents and son-in-law, David Acton.

The family wishes to thank Visiting Angels and Heartland Hospice for their support through this difficult time.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4401 Highcrest Rd. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Olson Funeral & Cremation Services, Fred C. Olson Chapel, 1001 2nd Ave. with a rosary at 7 p.m.

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  1. Aunt Anna Nistler

    Dear Jim and families, My deepest sympathies to you and your families. Rita was my dear niece whom I love- she was a special person in my life and even a bridesmaid in my wedding. I would like to share the following letter that my daughter, Judy Dallman, sent to me in honor of Rita: Dearest Mom- I just got the news about Rita. I immediately think of her big laugh...and endless jokes about our big noses. I know she certainly had a gift of gab (which I think lots of us kids have inherited) She certainly lived a full and love-filled life. I know she thought the world of you and she will be missed- Now in Gods arms with all the promises of everlasting life with Our Savior. Anyway, thinking of you Mom. Love you so so much. Hugs and Prayers- Gods Blessings- Peace, your daughter, Judy Love and Prayers, Aunt Anna Nistler

  2. Kathy Cleary Cooperider

    I'm sorry to hear of Rita's death. Although I only saw Rita at high shool reunions, I remember her well. I hope your memories will help ease your loss.

  3. Richard Anderson and Family

    So sorry Jim and Family to hear of Rita's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Pat Stroup

    I am so sorry Jim I know what a difficult time it is for you. I remember Rita's great smile and fun personality. Best of all I remember her food at the club for all the JL Clark functions. You and your family are in my prayers. Blessings Pat Stroup

  5. MaryLouise Gaziano

    Dear Jim and Family, So very sorry to learn of Rita's passing. It wasn't so long ago when we visited in St. Anne's Center and she was her smiling self. I understand your pain and pray that The Lord brings you comfort. Regrettably. I am away and unable to be at the services. I wish you God's peace as you go forward.

  6. Tom Arnould

    So sorry for your loss. I have nothing but fantastic memories of her growing up. Church, Lithuanian Club, house parties... :) she was a great woman and will be missed. Will keep all of you in our prayers.

  7. Sandy Thompson

    I'm so very sorry to learn of Rita's passing. She was a special woman and will be missed very much. I hope the memories of her will comfort Jim and her family. I'm so sorry I can't attend the funeral because I just had knee replacement surgery and in a rehabilitation facility for a couple of weeks. My sincere condolences to all the family.

  8. Tom and Sherry Blade

    So sorry Jim to hear about Rita. She was a wonderful person.

  9. Therese Linsky

    I have known Rita since grade school at SS. Peter and Paul school. Many memories of her. So sorry for your loss Jim.

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