Rita Waldrop, 1950-2018

Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling the arrangements for Rita M. (Czanderna) Waldrop, 67, of LaPorte, Indiana, formerly of Las Vegas, who passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Rita was born September 25, 1950, in LaPorte to Joseph John and Rose Irene (Boone) Czanderna.

She had been employed with Centurylink for 34 years as a Level 4 Engineering Clerk. Rita was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte. She graduated from LaPorte High School in 1968 and attended business college. She loved movies and was a very kind and generous person.

The family would like to thank Great Lakes Hospice for their special care.

On April 29, 1972, Rita married Richard L. Waldrop, who preceded her in death on May 8, 2013.

She leaves behind her sisters, Susan (Harry) Weliver of LaPorte, Sylvia Henry of LaPorte and Lisa (Larry) Johns of LaPorte; brothers, Michael (Kay) Czanderna of LaPorte, Patrick Czanderna of Greenville, Michigan, and Joseph (Kathi) Czanderna of Overland Park, Kansas; several nieces and nephews; and her beloved dog, Tootsie Rose.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Jeff Czanderna, and a niece, Kari Waldrop.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Monday, April 2, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 3, at St. Peter Catholic Church, LaPorte. Burial will follow in Pine Lake Cemetery, LaPorte. Cremation has taken place.

Memorial contributions may be made to the LaPorte County Small Animal Shelter, 2855 W. Ind. 2, LaPorte, IN 46350; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

19 Responses to “Rita Waldrop, 1950-2018”

  1. Lynn Lisarelli

    Mar 28. 2018

    Good bye to yet another member of La Porte High School class of 1968. Rest in peace, dear.

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  2. Shirl Daniels (Hayter)

    Mar 28. 2018

    Snookie,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Rita was one of nicest and kindest people I knew.
    Shirl Meyer-Daniels

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  3. Tom Dorman

    Mar 29. 2018

    So sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. I remember her as a very sweet and caring person. Condolences and thoughts for her siblings.

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  4. Denise Morrison

    Mar 29. 2018

    My heart goes out to all the family at such a difficult time. I am blessed to know her and call her my friend! R.I.P Rita you will be missed but never forgotten.

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  5. Kate Lindsay

    Mar 29. 2018

    Rita was very kind to me during a tough time. I always appreciated her support. God speed to her family.

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  6. Cece

    Mar 29. 2018

    So sorry to hear about Rita I worked with her in dispatch. May she rest in peace. She is with Richard again.

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  7. Vicki Roberts

    Mar 29. 2018

    So sorry to hear that Rita has passed. She was one of my LPHS classmates & this August is our 50th class reunion. We will miss her sweetness. RIP. Condolences to the entire family.

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  8. Jodi lange

    Mar 29. 2018

    Rita was a great person and I enjoyed whenever we would have our DBA lunches. May she rest in peace!!

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  9. Diana Waters

    Mar 29. 2018

    Rest In Peace Rita. You left too soon but you are now pain free and with Richard.

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  10. Pattie Davis

    Mar 29. 2018

    Oh Rita one of my best friends. You will be missed but you are now with Richard an a new life begins. Rest in peace great lady.

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  11. William Waldrop

    Mar 29. 2018

    Rita always had a smile on her face. She would light up a room with her laughter. She will be missed by many. You are in my prayers.

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  12. Marti Swanson

    Mar 30. 2018

    My deepest sympathy to Rita’s family. Rita was a very special gal, loving and kind. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing.

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  13. Veronica

    Mar 30. 2018

    I worked with Rita in dispatch at Centel. My prayers are with the family

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  14. Jesse

    Mar 31. 2018

    My first year working at Centel Tel
    Company, i met Richard and Rita, worked alongside with Richard and Rita was our clerk.
    A beautiful, and wonderful couple they were.
    Rest in Heaven Rita with Richard ..

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  15. Judith Guerrini

    Apr 01. 2018

    Rita, you shall be sorely missed. Joining Janice, Richard, and your mom. Rest in peace my friend. Buddy also waited for you.

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  16. Marcia Jonas Johnson

    Apr 02. 2018

    Snookie and family
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I remember Rita from St. Peter
    grade school and most of the Czanderna family. She will
    be missed.

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  17. Bev

    Apr 03. 2018

    Snookie, just saw the post. I am so sorry, however take comfort that Rita is at peace. A memorial will be sent in Rita’s memory. If you need anything, please call me.

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  18. Donna Parker

    Apr 03. 2018

    Snookie,
    I am so very sorry to learn of Rita’s passing. Sending hugs and prayers to you and your family during this sad time.

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  19. Don Walker

    Apr 03. 2018

    Rita was my daughter in law’s aunt and we all really got to know and respect her as a friend. We will miss her smiling face

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