November 7, 1959 – January 7, 2019
Rinaldo, Rita C. (Barry), age 59, peacefully passed away on Monday, January 7, 2019, after a courageous battle with lung cancer. Rita had a great spirit, charm and wit, with a smile that could light up the world. She had a passion for travel, visiting as many places as possible, from Ireland to Uruguay to Portugal and many spots in between. Remarkably self-sufficient and resilient, she also knew how to have fun. Never willing to miss an adventure, her life was full of all sorts of fabulous experiences, from things like walking the red carpet at the Academy Awards to singing Beatles or Disney songs on the beach and challenging her siblings to late night card games. Above all, Rita was devoted to her family. Loving and proud mother of Kaitlin C. Rinaldo and Robert F. Rinaldo; stepmother of Laura (Jacob) Holzscheiter; grandmother of Helen F. Holzscheiter; daughter of the late Honorable Judge Francis A., Jr. and Ruth (Goddard) Barry; beloved sister of Margaret (Allan Byrne) Barry, Timothy (Diane) Barry, Thomas (Tess) Barry, Sheila (Gary Lipp) Barry, Francis (Beth) Barry, Patrick (Diane) Barry and Eileen (Michael) Andreola. She is also survived by a large extended family including several nieces and nephews who loved her dearly. Friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227 on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Saturday morning at 9:15. Mass of Christian Burial in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, family suggests contributions to Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, 209 4th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 or Our Clubhouse, 2816 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.