Rita E. Grygus

  • Died: April 2, 2018
  • Location: New Britain, Connecticut

Burritt Hill Funeral Home

332 Burritt Street
New Britain, CT 06053

Tel. (860) 229-9021

Tribute & Message From The Family

Beloved Godmother, Cousin and Friend

Rita E. Grygus, 84, of New Britain, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2018. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Estelle (Sheffield) Grygus. Born in New Britain, she lived in New Britain all her life, spending her summers in Old Lyme. Rita was a member of St. Paul's Church, Kensington. She graduated from New Britain High School, then received her BSN from Boston College and her MSN from the University of Pennsylvania. She went on to become the Director of the Meriden Wallingford School of Nursing. Upon the school closing, she became the Hospital's Director of Nursing Services. Later, she became the Supervising Nurse Consultant for the State of CT Dept. of Public Health for 16 years prior to her retirement in 1999 and was a member of the New Britain Board of Health. Rita was also very involved with the Hospital for Special Care, serving on the Board of Directors, Institutional Review Board, Continuing Medical Education Committee and was a Co-founder of the Joy of Art program and a Board Member. She was a docent for the New Britain Museum of American Art and a volunteer for the CT Race in the Park in New Britain. Lastly, she was a Grants' Committee Member of the CT Breast Health Initiative. Rita leaves an aunt, two Godchildren, many cousins, extended family, and close friends. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Tuesday, April 10th, from 8:30 to 9:30 at the Burritt Hill Funeral Home, 332 Burritt St., New Britain, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Church, Kensington. She will be laid to rest following the Mass in Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, Pediatric Unit, 2150 Corbin Ave, New Britain, CT 06053. To share a memory, please visit us at www.burritthill.com.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Rest In Peace, cousin. Although we werent close in age, you were a part of our many family gatherings years ago. Now that there arent many Grygus left, those memories mean a lot.

Posted by Karen Morton - Albuquerque, NM - family   April 14, 2018

My Dear Rita,

It is hard to say good bye to a good friend and cottage neighbor who I have known for over 40 years. You were a friend, confident, and "family" to Aaron, Ellyn, Emily, and myself as well as Roz and Mike. We would spend summers chatting either in the picnic bench in our back yards, on the porch, under the beautiful maple tree in the backyard that Rita bought for her father, or anytime that we saw each other.

When I was pregnant with my daughter , she was my "go-to" person for medical help.

Rita and her mother were always at big events in our life. They saw Aaron and I get married, our daughter's birth, her Bat Mitzvah, wedding, and baby shower.

I became very close to Rita in the past two summers. Last summer, I spent every day checking up on her, helping her with shopping, and even going to the emergency room with her.

As we were sitting in the emergency room one day last summer, the doctor asked her if she lived alone and who was taking care of her. She pointed to me so I guess I was the one .

It was difficult for me to leave the cottage at the beginning of August last summer when I decided to return to teaching but I know that Aaron would help her and he did. He took care of the cat, watered the flowers and checked on the cottage until he traveled south. I also know that she was so proud of me for making the step back into teaching.

Being in Florida, for some reason, makes the loss greater. I loved Rita and still do. I wish I could have been with all of you at this time. We will miss her.

Posted by Marcia Fishkin - Lake Worth, FL - friend   April 11, 2018

Rita was a kind and gentle docent and she'll be greatly missed.

Posted by Beverly Pierz - acquaintance   April 10, 2018

I truly enjoyed our many conversations as docents at NBMAA. Always pleasant, always positive, always upbeat. You are missed.

Posted by Bob Rosenfeld - Cromwell, CT - coworker   April 10, 2018

Rita was a wise mentor to me when I joined the Board of the Hospital for Special Care 5 years ago. Smart, supportive, great sense of humor. She made a difference in my life. Georgian Lussier

Posted by Georgian Lussier - Wallingford, CT   April 10, 2018

Rita shared her intellect, insights and vast knowledge to the great benefit of Hospital for Special Care's patients and its nursing and medical team. It was a privilege to work with her and to get to know her; she was truly a multi-faceted, caring and interesting person that I am certain improved every place she ever spent time, including our hospital, the NBMAA and her shoreline community. Sending my deepest sympathy to her family and wishing for them the peace that surpasses all understanding.

Posted by Felicia DeDominicis - Farmington, CT - Friend   April 09, 2018

Rita brought valuable knowledge, deep experience and influential leadership to healthcare in Connecticut. Having been privileged to work with Rita for a number of years at HSC, I so appreciated her insight and many contributions. I will surely miss our after Sunday Mass chats in Old Lyme. Rita's song may have ended a bit too soon for many of us, but the melody will linger on for years to come.

Posted by Mary Ann Camilleri - Cheshire, CT - Friend   April 09, 2018

I will remember Rita as a dedicated health care practitioner, collaborator and friend. As leader of the State of CT Health Department hospital inspection team, Rita demonstrated excellence in professional practices for interdisciplinary team members to follow.

F. Peter Pescosolido, R.Ph

Posted by F Peter Pescosolido - Tequesta, FL - Coworker   April 08, 2018

I was a student at the Meriden Hospital School of Nursing in 1966, Miss Grygus was assistant to Agnes Plikunis at the time. She was a very kind person, and was truly an inspiration to all.

Posted by Betsy Carroll Tyrrell    April 08, 2018

Posted by Betsy Carroll Tyrrell - Berlin, CT   April 08, 2018

It is with regret and sadness of Rita's passing. She will be missed by us at Creations Hair every Friday at nine am! I as her hairdresser for many years will miss her wonderful and detailed explanations of any thing we talked about. She was an amazing lady. RIP Rita.

Posted by Jean Amenta - New Britain, CT - Friend   April 08, 2018

No matter what physical challenge she was facing she always had a smile and cheerful comment. I knew her as a docent @ NBMAA. I will miss her.

Posted by Pat Hickox - friend   April 08, 2018

Rita, will be truly missed. She was a great lady. God bless her. Amy Laperche and Family

Posted by Amy Bento Laperche - Pascoag, RI - Family   April 07, 2018

Having dedicated her life to healthcare, I admired Rita's ability to creatively combine her personal interest in the arts, with her commitment to health, as co-Founder of "Joy of Art"--providing inspiration to patients at the Hospital for Special Care. I am a sister of one of Rita's friends and former co-workers. The few times I've seen Rita, she always wore an attractive pin or brooch--showing her creativity with her own "wearable art gallery."
I will always remember Rita for her bright brooches and pins, that seemed to serve as a symbol for her inner spirit.

Posted by Laine Dyer-May - East Lyme, CT - friend   April 07, 2018

Rita was a wonderful woman, and I will miss seeing her at the New Britain Museum and sharing good conversation over lunch. A warm and gracious lady... she will be missed. Peggy Murphy

Posted by Peggy Murphy - Wallingford, CT - Coworker   April 07, 2018

I will always remember her pleasant and capable presence at the museum. She will be missed.

Posted by I will always remember her pleasant and capable presence at the museum. She Tufankjian. Anna - Newington   April 07, 2018

To a wonderful cousin. Remembering our teenage years & all the fun we had. You were a great cousin.

Posted by JoAnne Boyce - Bristol, CT - Family   April 07, 2018

Rita was a lovely lady, so very kind and giving. I will miss her.

Posted by Gay Fialko    April 06, 2018

Rita was a really great person who I will miss very much. She touched a lot of people in her life. I am sorry she is gone.

Posted by Lynne Romano - Family Friend   April 06, 2018

I will miss you Rita! You were the best Godmother! Love, Peggy

Posted by Peggy (Boyce) Gould - Beavercreek, OH - Family   April 06, 2018

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