Rita Novak- Di Venti

09/29/1944 - 03/15/2018

Obituary for Rita Novak- Di Venti

Rita Marie Novak- Di Venti, 73, died suddenly on March 15, 2018 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Hospital. Born September 29, 1944, in Rockford, the daughter of George and Lois (Peterson) Novak. Rita graduated from Muldoon High School in 1962 and studied cosmetology at Alberto’s School of Beauty. Rita met the love of her life, Peter Di Venti, in 1963. Rita and Peter married on May 22, 1965 at St. Bernadette’s Church. Rita helped Peter and his brothers with running Mrs. Fisher’s Potato Chips for 30 years. Rita was known for her warm and loving personality and great sense of humor. Rita loved spending time with her family, friends, and especially her five grandsons.

Rita leaves behind her adoring husband of 53 years, Peter Di Venti; daughters Nicole (Tony Joe) Gasparini, and Monique Lindstedt (Rockford). Grandchildren, Christian, Dominic, Michael Atticus Gasparini, and Patrick and Evan Lindstedt; siblings, Karen St. John, Billy (Joyce) Novak, Jeannie (Bobby) Mantello, Michael Novak and Mary Worthley; Brothers- in- law, Chuck and Paul Di Venti, and sister- in-law, Carmella Di Venti- Jones; many nieces and nephews and friends, especially Anna Marie Arbisi, her sister from another mother, and BF Roma Hailman. A heartfelt thank you to all the nurses and doctors at UW Madison Hospital for their care and compassion. Predeceased by her parents, Lois and George Novak, brother, George Novak, and mother and father- in- law Joanne and Paul Di Venti .

Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, 2018 in St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 1010 Ferguson Street. Visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, Tennessee, 38101-9950 or online at . Arrangements completed by Tony Gasparini Funerals 6825 Weaver Road. Express online condolences at




09:00 AM
Saint Anthony of Padua Church
1010 Ferguson Street
Rockford, IL 61102
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Funeral Mass

11:00 AM
Saint Anthony of Padua Church
1010 Ferguson Street
Rockford, IL 61102
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Our condolences to you all on the loss of such a lovely and loving lady, wife, mother and grandmother. She was so proud of those strapping young grandsons that 'towered' above her and loved each and everyone of you as she spoke often of her family. She will be missed very much.
- Ace Hardware
So saddened to learn that a classmate of mine is being laid to rest today. Muldoon was a great place because of individuals like Rita and many others who were caring and friendly to all.
- Marlene McCarter
I met Rita when the family purchased Mrs. Fisher's. I was working there at the time. She is at peace and no pain, but the shock for the family must be so hard.
- Carolyn Sharp
So sorry to hear that Rita has died. This must have been quite a shock. Sincerest condolences to Peter and the DiVenti family. May God give you some peace in this difficult time. Prayers for you all...May she rest in peace.
- Valeri DeCastris
After loosing my MJ after 27 years of marriage, I can honestly feel your pain. Indeed, words are only words, but you should know that you are a blessed man with the family and friends you have and I wish you only good things for the rest of your life.
- Steve Mutimer
So terribly sorry. Holding all Rita's family and friends, especially Anna Marie, in my love and prayers.
- Suzanne Clark
So sorry for your loss, Rita was the biggest presence in anyone's life she touched! It was a great honor to have her named as my godmother! Her laugh was infectious, and she was the life of the party. Wish we had more time together and less distance between us. Love Always to Pete, Nicole, Monique, and family.
- Annmarie Rudoph
So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I have many fond memories of our times at Muldoon.
- Elisa Luna Stahl
My condolences, Peter and Family. Peace be with you all.
- Vicki Rimkus
Her Words to (Tony Joe) when I would put dish soap on her glasses BILLY!!!!!!
- Bill Novak
Peter and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Rita's Passing ... My Sincere condolences to yours and Rita's Family
- John Leggero
This family became mine, when I moved to Rockford. So many stories, so many laughs. I love you all! Rita, I will miss you ❤
- Lee Ann Buscemi
Her words will always ring in my head until the day I die...”take off your hat at the dinner table, Tony Joe”
- Tony

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