Rita Cholewczynski

March 19, 1930 - March 21, 2021
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Rita J. Cholewczynski , 91, of Venice, FL passed away at 6:15pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021, at Gardens of Venice. She was born March 19, 1930 to Edward and Genevieve (Zientowski) Mlezcek. Rita married Norbert on May 30, 1950.
Prior to becoming residents of Venice, FL in 2004, Rita and Norb enjoyed the snowbird life for 11 years, spending the winter months in Venice. Prior to 1993, they were full-time residents of South Bend, IN and were the owners of Last Stop Liquor store. Both she and Norb loved the Florida sunshine, however they definitely missed the Polka music and Polish meals they shared with their life-long friends and family in South Bend. Rita would always call Venice her “paradise” and she especially loved to sit and watch the ocean sunsets from her condo. She never missed a card game, playing 5 times a week with her friends. In the mornings, you would find her at her favorite breakfast spot, McDonald’s, where she and her friends would sit for hours sipping a cup of coffee. Rita was a member of the Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, FL.
Rita is preceded in death by her husband Norbert. She is survived by her two daughters, Janice (Joseph) Cunningham of Venice, FL, and Judy Jankowski of Mishawaka, IN; four grandchildren, Jeff (Lisa) Cunningham of Lakewood Ranch, FL, Jill (Tony) Reinert of Powder Springs, GA, Corey Jankowski of Indianapolis, IN, and Dan (Colleen) Jankowski of South Bend, IN. Rita also leaves behind two loving great grandchildren, Lauren and Jacob Cunningham, both of Lakewood Ranch, FL.
Visitation will be from 10am to 12pm Friday, March 26th at Farley Funeral Home, Venice Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1pm Friday, March 26th at Epiphany Cathedral. Burial will follow at Venice Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Tidewell Foundation, 5955 Rand Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34238. To send a condolence or to share a memory with the family, please visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com

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Visitation Information

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Farley Funeral Home - Venice Chapel


265 Nokomis Avenue South
Venice, FL 34285

Service Information

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church


350 Tampa Ave. W., , Venice, FL, 34285

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Cemetery Information

Date: Friday, March 26, 2021

Time: 2:20 pm

Venice Memorial Gardens


1950 Center Road, , Venice, FL, 34292


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Born: March 19, 1930
Died: March 21, 2021

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Brenda Bickel posted on 4/16/21

To you all, At this time there isn't much that anyone can do, but my you know that understanding thoughts are there with you and your family. Hold all those wonderful memories of her close to your heart.


Barbara (Powicki) Peterich posted on 3/26/21

Dear Janice and Judy, Was so sad to read in the South Bend Tribune that your mom had died. What a beautiful lady she was! I am so happy that I spent my many years at the Walnut Street home with your mom and the two of you and the rest of the family. Lots of wonderful memories. Loved everyone there! You two were like my little sisters. I will have a Mass said at St. Casimir's for her.


Diane Williams posted on 3/24/21

Dear Janice and Judy, I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was special and she will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Glad she could be with family in her last days before seeing uncle Norbert in heaven. Love to you both.


Shirley Lauver posted on 3/24/21

Dear Judy and family,we’re very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. You have our deepest sympathy. Ken and Shirley Lauver


Tina Niedosik (Coleman) posted on 3/24/21

Rest in peace Rita. Mom enjoyed working with Norb, Rita and Joe at Last Stop Liquor Store.


Jim and Debbie Marnocha Perry posted on 3/24/21

Janice and Joe, we are so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a fun lady. May she Rest In Peace.


Betsy Wable posted on 3/24/21

Janice and Joe Sorry to read in the Tribune of the loss of your mom. How nice she could live near you and enjoy her golden years.


Nancy Kovach Villanueva posted on 3/23/21

Janice and Judy.. sorry for the loss of your mother.. I remember your parents of course from the west side of South Bend..The memories will never fade. REST IN HEAVEN RITA!❤️🌹


Marcia Vargo posted on 3/23/21

She was such a lovely lady who led a wonderful full life & was blessed with two fabulous daughters. My sympathy to the family & sending prayers for peace & healing.


Ed & Joan Hardig posted on 3/23/21

Our sympathy to you on the loss of your Mom. There will never be anyone like her. You were lucky to have her for so long. Treasure your memories.❤️


Steve P. posted on 3/23/21

Delighted and privileged to meet Mrs. Cholewczynski about three years ago during a visit to Venice. She was a strong, kind and thoughtful lady and an excellent representative of what now has come to be known as the “Greatest Generation.” My condolences go to daughter, Judy, and other members of the family as well as friends and associates.


John Van Laere posted on 3/23/21

She will be missed. I remember see Uncle Norbert and her having lunch at the Louver Door.


Pam Meyer posted on 3/23/21

Judy, May your Mom’s smile be a warm memory for you and your family. My thoughts and prayers to you and yours.