Rita C. Glaza, 85 of Ruth, passed away Thursday morning, May 10, 2012 at Courtney Manor in Bad Axe after an extended illness, with her family at her side while under Hospice Care.
She was born June 3, 1926 in Sherman Township to the late John and Cecelia (Booms) Terbrack. She married Arthur B. Glaza Sr, on June 4, 1946 at Sts. Peter and Paul’s Roman Catholic Church in Ruth. He preceded her in death on June 9, 2010.
They lived in the Parisville area early in their wedded years, moving to a farm in Delaware Township near Ruth in 1956. They sold the farm in 1996, moving to Ruth.
Rita attended Sts Peter & Paul Catholic School in Ruth. Rita was a homemaker, honorary Christian Mother’s member and later in life worked as a cook at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School in Ruth.
In her retirement years, Rita accompanied her husband Art using her talents entertaining any way worthy of a challenge. She participated in past Sts. Peter and Paul’s fund raising “He-Haws” being best remembered for the Classic Act of “Out Behind The Barn”. She also entertained at the Huron County Medical Care Facility, Courtney Manor, Autumnwood, Tendercare of Cass City, the Ubly Homecoming and many local gatherings and festivals. She was a member of many music groups, including the Shoreline 5, Happy Handfuls, Happy Notes, Lila and Company, Thumb Pioneer, The Log Cabin Group, Eastern Music Makers, Variety Music Makers, Charlie Geiger Group, The Gospel Quartet, as well as others.
Rita is survived by her children, Edward Glaza of Marysville, Thomas (Diane) Glaza of Marlette, Angeline (Ronald) Peruski of Elk Rapids, Marilyn (Douglas) Grekowicz of Bay City, Daniel (Betty Jo) Glaza, Delphine (Gary) Bairski, Christine (Paul) Gorkowski, all of Bad Axe, Arthur Jr (Suzette) Glaza of Decker, Donald (Lidia) Glaza of Minden City, Catherine (Mark) Roggenbuck of Harbor Beach, Arlene (Robert) Schipinski of Filion; 35 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. Three sisters, Adelaide (Jerome) Block of Ruth, Alice (Kenneth) Sadro, and Rosalia (Richard) Holdwick of Bad Axe, two brothers, John Terbrack of Southgate, Donald (Nancy) Terbrack of Harbor Beach, in-laws, Delores Terbrack (Harry) Roggenbuck of Harbor Beach, Billie Johnson of Livonia, Norman Glaza of Hazel Park and Marshall Glaza of Merritt.
Rita was preceded in death by her brothers, Herbert (Janette) Terbrack, Herman Terbrack, Marvin (Jean) Terbrack, Marius Terbrack, Gerald Terbrack, and Clarence Terbrack. Sisters Evelyn (Arthur) Learman, Jeanette (Frank) Seidl, Beatrice Glaza, and Matilda Johnson. In-laws, Donna Terbrack, Angeline (Isadore) Pyrek and Eleanor (Steve) Vrobel. A funeral mass of Christian burial celebrating the life of Rita will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2012 at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Ruth. Rev. Peter Nwokoye, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be at the Zinger-Smigielski Funeral Home in Ubly on Saturday from 4-8 p.m., Sunday from 1-8 p.m. and Monday from 9-10 a.m. There will be a Christian Mothers rosary Saturday at 7 p.m. and a parish vigil service Sunday at 7 p.m. Both services will be at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Family Discretionary Fund.