Rita M. Martin
Beloved Mother and Grandmother
Rita M. (Dunnigan) Martin, 94, passed away peacefully on May 15, 2018 at McAuley Hall Health Care Center, Watchung, NJ.
Rita was born and resided in Brooklyn, NY, for many years before moving to New Jersey. She worked as a school Crossing Guard in Brooklyn for 20 years, crossing the children with great love and care. She is known for her unselfish love for her family and friends, and her willingness to speak her mind. Rita was a devout lifelong Catholic with the Church at the center of her life, and she worked to foster the same strong faith in her children and entire family.
Rita was predeceased by Albert, her husband on 65 years. She was the loving mother of four children; her son William, husband to Barbara; her daughter Dolores Walker, wife of John; her daughter Kathleen Zawislak Tomkins, wife of Frederick; and her son Robert, husband of Denise. She is grandmother and great grandmother to 10 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Visiting will be on Sunday, May 20th, from 2-6PM at Dooley Funeral Home, 556 Westfield Ave., Westfield, NJ. Mass will be offered at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 315 First St., Westfield, on Monday, May 21st. Burial will be at Maryrest Cemetery, 25 Seminary Rd., Mahwah, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Rita Martin can be made to McAuley Hall Health Care Center, 1633 US Highway 22, Watchung, NJ 07069.