It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, Rita J. Sabella, 74, of Tidioute Creek Road, Tidioute, PA, who passed away Sunday morning, August 15, 2021 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie after a brief illness.
Born on March 5, 1947 in Tidioute, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Lucille Barton Sutton. Rita was a graduate of the class of 1965 of Tidioute High School and Hamot Hospital School of Nursing where she graduated as a Registered Nurse. She began her nursing career with the former New Process Company, now Blair Corporation, retiring from Blair after 31 years of service in 2006.
Rita will be remembered by her 2 surviving sons and their wives, Michael J. (Crystal) Heenan and Andrew R. (Bobbie) Heenan, both of Tidioute; 5 grandchildren, Kent Heenan, Owen Heenan, Andrew Heenan, Jr., Kasey Heenan and Gus Heenan; 4 brothers and sisters, Sharon Bailey of Meadville, PA, James (Rhea) Sutton of Sheffield, Dena (Curt) Bowley of Barnes, PA, and Jay Sutton of Tidioute; her puppy, Meko; and several nieces and nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her dogs, (her girls) Lady and Meitu. She was an avid animal lover and those wishing to make a memorial in her memory may do so to Warren County Humane Society Paws Along The River.
At Rita’s request, no public services will be held. The family will have a private gathering at a later time. McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Inc., 54 W. Main St., Youngsville, PA have been entrusted with all arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left by visiting www.mckinneyfuneral.com