Rita Ann Bagdasarian (GAJ) was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend who always put the needs of others before her own. After a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s, she is finally at peace. She passed away on November 17, 2021 at the age of 71 with her family by her side.
Rita was born September 7, 1950 to the late Stella and Valentine Gaj. She grew up in New Britain, graduated from Central Connecticut State University and worked in the New Britain Town Clerk’s Office until she and David decided to start a family. She then devoted many years to being a stay at home mom, raising and spending quality time with Dana and Brian. After returning to work, she utilized her teaching degree as a kindergarten para professional at Vance and Northend School in New Britain. “Mrs B” gave her students the same love and care she gave to her own children.
Rita had a love for reading, arts and crafts, travel, the beach house and especially her family. She was involved in church and community activities and had the willingness, strength and determination to make life better for those around her.
Rita is survived by her husband David; daughter Dana and her husband Tony Meade of Madison, CT; son Brian and his fiancée Megan of Saratoga, NY. Rita is the proud grandmother of Rylee and Jameson Meade.
The family would like to express their gratitude to LiveWell, Fran, Yari, Iris and all the staff for the love and care they extended to Rita.
Friends and family are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial Monday (Nov 22) at 9:00am at Sacred Heart Church, 158 Broad St, New Britain, CT. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, 120 Smalley St. New Britain. Visitation will be held Sunday (Nov 21) from 2:00 – 5:00 PM at the Farrell Funeral Home 110 Franklin Sq. New Britain.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105 or to LiveWell 1261 S Main St, Plantsville, CT 06479.