Rita Gravel


NAUGATUCK – Rita Gravel, age 93 of Naugatuck, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024 m at Complete Care at Glendale in Naugatuck, where she resided for four years. She was the wife of the late Louis Gravel.

Rita was born in Manchester, N.H., on Nov. 1, 1930, daughter of the late Albert and Janet Chouinard. Rita lived most of her life in Naugatuck. She was a communicant of St. Francis of Assisi Church. Rita loved singing and dancing throughout her life, and at one time was a member of the College Capers singing group.

Her greatest pleasure was gathering with her large family for special occasions full of fun and laughter. Rita was an avid reader and frequented the Howard Memorial Library for many years. She worked at and retired from, Maple Hill Elementary School in Naugatuck as a teacher’s aide after 10 years.

Rita was exceptional in almost every way, but she excelled the most at being a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Our family thanks you Mom, for every prayer you uttered for us, for the many sacrifices you made for us, for thousands of hugs you shared with us and the unending love you instilled in all of us.

Rita is survived by her children, sons Dennis (Susan), Louis Jr. (Jennifer), and David (Karen) Gravel; and her daughters, Louise Jamele, Diana (Michael) Dull, Claudette (Henry) Pruchnicki, and Denise (Leo) DePaola; as well as 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Including her late husband Louis, Rita was predeceased by her brothers Armand and Richard Chouinard, and her sisters Cecile Veillette and Lorraine Normandin.

Mere words are but a feeble attempt to express our family’s gratitude for the care and love that the entire staff at Glendale shared with Mom and all of us during her illness. They often commented about how much they loved Rita and referred to her as their “little spitfire.”

Funeral services for Mrs. Gravel were to be on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770, when a Mass of Christian Burial was to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Those planning to attend were kindly asked to meet directly at the church. Burial was to follow in St. James Cemetery, Naugatuck. Relatives and friends were invited to visit with Rita’s family on Monday evening, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., at Casey-O’Neill Funeral Home and Cremation Care, 742 Main St., Oakville, CT 06779.

To honor Rita’s memory and in lieu of flowers, donations to Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation at pitthopkins.org would be greatly appreciated by her family.

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