Rita D’Amico, 1922 ~ 2010

Former Moab resident Rita D’Amico, 87, passed away April 3 in Grand Junction, Colo.

Born in Denver, Colo., on Sept. 28, 1922, to Catherine and William Lanting, she spent most of her life in Southern California. She lived with her husband, Felix, in what she liked to call her “castle on a hill” in Moab’s Kayenta Heights from 1987-1995. For medical reasons, they moved to Grand Junction in 1996.

Mrs. D’Amico attended schools in San Bernardino, Calif., and one year of bible college in Pasadena, Calif., where she was the college’s youngest student at the age of 16. She worked for 22 years as a telephone operator with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in California, retiring in 1979.

A devoutly religious woman, she was an active member of the Community Church in Moab, where she sang in the choir, and Calvary Bible Church in Grand Junction.

She will be remembered for her grace and enthusiasm, her wonderful sense of humor, and her love of birds, books, and poetry, as well as her eternal love and devotion to her husband, Felix.

She is survived by two sons, Frank Mendonca of Moab, Utah, and Felix (Chris) D’Amico III of San Bernardino, Calif.; two daughters, Sharon (Larry) Lawson of Kanab, Utah, and Nancy Mendonca of Santa Barbara, Calif.; six grandchildren; and a brother, John Lanting of Prescott, Ariz. She was preceded in death by her husband, Felix Joseph D’Amico.

Services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, April 9, at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 2515 Patterson Road, Grand Junction, Colo., with Pastor Keith Van Arsdol of Moab’s Community Church officiating. A viewing will be held one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow beside her husband, Felix, in the mausoleum at Grand Junction Memorial Gardens.