Bay City, Michigan
Rita was called home by her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at Brookdale Senior Living surrounded by her loving family at the age of 87. She was born April 9, 1929 in Bay City to the late Frank and Beatrice (Abeare) Sobczak. Rita married Arthur Gielda on November 5, 1949 in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church. He predeceased her January 9, 1991. Early on Rita worked at Prestolite and later retired from Palmer Oil Company. Rita was a member of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Senior Citizens, the bingo committee and the League of Catholic Women and Men. She bowled on the Senior League at Alert Lanes for many years and was a gold and bronze medalist in bowling in the Senior Olympics. One of Rita’s proudest and greatest achievement was receiving her High School Diploma later in life. Rita truly loved spending her time watching and attending all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren events and activities.
Surviving are her four children, Nancy Rita Gielda, James Arthur (Yolanda) Gielda and their three children, Erica, Amanda (Ricky) Pudvan, Justin & his fiancé Jasmine; Peggy Ann (Edward) Martin and their children, Grace & Alex; Andrew George (Julie) Gielda and their children, Claudia & Clairissa and seven great grandchildren, Lucas, Alyssa, Preston, Savanna, Maya, Oliver and Maverick. Also surviving is a sister, Monica Szczepanik, a sister in-law, Leona Gielda and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by three sisters; Florence (Richard) Harris, Patricia (Floyd) Wieszczecinski, Colleen “Theresa” Sutkowi; one brother, Donald Sobczak; her mother in-law and father in-law, George and Victoria Gielda, four brother’s in-law, Aloysius “Mike” Szczepanik, Aloysius, John and Julian Gielda; two sister’s in-law, Bernadine Gielda and Edwina (Frank) Lada.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish – St. Stanislaus Kostka Church (1503 Kosciuszko Ave.). Fr. Richard Filary will officiate and interment will be in St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Thursday from 2:00 – 9:00 p.m. and at the church on Friday after 9:00 a.m. Members of the Parish will pray the Rosary at 2:00 p.m. Thursday followed by a Vigil Service for Rita at 7:00 p.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider family wishes.
The Gielda family would like to thank all the staff at Brookdale Senior Living and McLaren Hospice for their kind and compassionate care they gave Rita and her family as well.