Rita was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on a date that is a very closely guarded secret. Her parents were a young brave couple who had recently arrived from Genoa, Italy, Carmella and Joseph. Rita was so proud of that heritage.
She married a dashing young serviceman Vernon Paul Gentemann from Burlington, Vermont a few years after the great war. After several postings from Rome, New York to Nome, Alaska the couple ended up at Gunter Air Force base (an Italian from Jersey in the heart of the deep South).
Rita worked at Montgomery Fair (for those who remember), then Fuller and Dees (she is still in touch with Morris Dees after all these years) and then as an assistant for Dr. David Dunn until she landed a job at the State Highway Department where she worked for many years forming fast and firm friendships with so many of the people here in Montgomery.
She was proud mother of Gerald and Debra, grandmother of Katherine, Jeremy, Lindsay, Jenna, Allyson and Jordan, and a new great grandmother to Ansley. But as everyone who knew Rita knows, she was a little bit of a “mom” to countless friends and family members all over town and all over the country.
Mom passed away peacefully Wednesday evening February 13, 2013.