Gertrude Rita Warrick, 98, formerly of Fairless Hills, PA, and New Port Richey, FL, died peacefully, Sunday, October 9, 2022 at the Masonic Village, Elizabethtown where she was a resident. Born in Altoona, PA she was the daughter of the late Edgar and Helen (McCarron) Soyke. Rita, as she was affectionally known, was the widow of Walter Glenn Warrick who died in 1978. Rita proudly served as a Hospital Apprentice 1st class with the U.S. Navy, being discharged in June of 1945. She was a member of American Legion Post # 147, and was a life member & past president of DAV (Waves), both of New Port Richey, Fl. Rita was a charter member of the Women in Military Service memorial, Arlington Cemetery, VA.
Surviving is a son Walter Lynn (JoAnn) Warrick, Mount Ephraim, NJ; three daughters, Susan (Thomas) Troup of West Fenwick, DE, Patricia (Craig) College of Derwood, MD and Margaret (Randy) Longo of Chester Springs, PA. Rita was predeceased by her son Michael Glenn Warrick.
Rita was a loving grandmother of nine grandchildren, Danny (Kacey) Warrick, Brian (Melissa) Troup, Stephen Troup, Casey College, Drew (Hannah) College, Walter M. Warrick, Brian J. Wayda, Amy Wayda Bowers, Thomas (Sarah) Wayda and four Great-grandchildren Kira Warrick, Isaac and Isabella Bowers and Belle College. Rita was predeceased her siblings, Edgar Soyke, William Soyke, Helen Garthwaite, Thomas Soyke and Charles Soyke. Rita is survived by many more loving nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rita was best known for talent as a seamstress, you would always find Rita at her sewing machine making quilts or racing shirts for her children to wear at the Indy 500. Rita passed on this skill to her daughters. Rita loved to dance and was known take over the dance floor at weddings. Rita was a true patriot and was so proud of her service in the Navy during WWII.
A Celebration of Rita’s Life and memorial service will be held at Christ United Methodist Church 501 Wistar Road, Fairless, Hills, PA 19030 on November 12th at 11am. Walter and Rita were charter members of this church. Memorial gifts should be made to the operating fund in Rita’s name.
Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.