The legend of the Wonderland Ballroom, Rita Newnan of Revere, passed away on September 29, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.
Rita loved to wear high heels and sequin dresses while she danced to the jitterbug on the dance floor. An avid dog lover, she was always energetic and full of fun. This lovely lady was a little spit fire. Strong, independent, and beautiful, Rita knew how to live life to the fullest with lots of laughter, entertainment, and boyfriends along the way. The world has a little less sparkle without you now, but we know you are dancing the jig up there to your number - with those red heels on of course. Your spirit and sparkle are shining down on us now and always.
Rita is survived by her two daughters, Geraldine Ryan and her husband Frederick of Saugus, Judy Sheehan and her husband Joseph of Revere; four grandchildren, Derek Nappi and his wife Julie of FL, Erik Sheehan and his wife Phyllis of NJ, Shane Ryan of Saugus, Noelle Sheehan and her husband Edward Tully of FL; four great-grandchildren, Angelina Nappi, Jax Sheehan, Jordan Sheehan and Easton Tully; as well as her dog Zoey. Rita was preceded in death by her mother, Lena Tallent, and many dogs, including Whitey and Chloe.
Her legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of everyone she interacted with as well as those she reached but never met.
Relatives & friends are invited to attend visiting hours in the Bisbee-Porcella Funeral Home, 549 Lincoln Ave., SAUGUS on Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. Funeral from the funeral home on Thursday at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 758 Salem St., Lynnfield at 10 a.m. Interment Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.
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