Rita J. Olkowski Obituary

Rita J.  Olkowski
Rita J. Olkowski

May 11, 1944 - November 15, 2017
Born in Newark, New Jersey
Resided in Somerville, New Jersey


Rita J. (Sommese) Olkowski, 73 of Somerville died Wednesday, November 15 at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.

She was born in Newark, NJ and lived with her 8 siblings until her mother’s passing. She was raised in Fanwood in the loving home of her maternal Aunt, Anna Ceres Cook and her husband Elmer. She graduated from Scotch Plains - Fanwood High School. After she married, Rita moved to Plainfield and then to Somerville in 1969 where she lived the remainder of her days. She was a devoted Mother and Nonna with an enormous heart, creative soul and 1000 watt personality. She endeared herself to everyone she met. She enjoyed drawing, painting, crabbing, going to the beach, bragging about her grandchildren, listening to detective stories and cooking for her family.

She is predeceased by her father, Anthony; her Mother, Rose; Brothers, Frank, Bobby, Joseph, and Gerald Sommese; Sisters, Rosemarie Volpe and Delores Raio; and Daughter, Kimberly A. Olkowski.

She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife, Kim; daughter Tracey and her husband, Alan, brother Richard Sommese and his wife, Sue; brother Ronnie Sommese and his wife, Cathy; 5 grandchildren and countless nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 with a visitation from 2-4 pm at Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home, 111 N. Gaston Ave. Somerville.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Somerville Rescue Squad, 21 Park Ave, Somerville, NJ 08876.




Celebration of Life
Bruce C. Van Arsdale Funeral Home
111 North Gaston Avenue
Somerville, NJ US 08876
Saturday, November 18, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM


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