Rita Elizabeth Grohman
Jul 11, 1925 – Jan 18, 2018
Rita Grohman passed away peacefully on January 18, 2018 at Providence Mt. St. Vincent in Seattle, WA at the age of 92.
Rita was born on July 11, 1925 in Elma, Washington to Thomas and Katherine Murphy. She attended the local grade school and graduated from Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA in 1942.
In 1946, Rita graduated from Central Washington State College (now University) fulfilling a lifelong dream to become a teacher. Her love of sports led her to begin her career in the Shoreline School District teaching physical education to students at Richmond Beach Jr. High School and Jane Addams Jr. High School. In 1951, she married her sweetheart, Robert (Bob) Grohman and "retired" from teaching in 1952. They moved to Burien, WA in 1956 to accommodate their growing family. In 1964 with two little children at home and four in school, Rita returned to teaching at the request of the principal of St. Francis of Assisi School where she became the much beloved second grade teacher for the next twenty-five years.
In 1982, Rita was honored with the Sister Miriam Joseph Farrell Distinguished Teacher Award and a few years later was selected as a KSTW TV "Class Act Teacher". After retiring, Rita continued to substitute teach at St. Francis well into her 80's. Her legacy there continues as each year the Rita Grohman Award is bestowed on two graduating eighth graders whose christian behavior best reflects the values taught and lived by Rita.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Katherine Murphy, her brother, George Murphy, and her son-in-law, Richard Leary II. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Robert, her children Tom (Tina) Grohman, Mary (Mosbah) Kushad, Barbara (Gary) Hartling, Patricia Leary, Teresa (Mike) Huiras, Margaret (Allan) Tegelberg, her grandchildren Michael Grohman and Kathleen Burton, Omar Kushad and Sabria Kablan, Steven and Brian Hartling and Jessica Antoniades, Melissa and Richard Leary III, William and Paul Huiras, Devin and Anna Tegelberg, and 7 great-grandchildren.
Rita's greatest gift was to see the best in others and to put her faith into action. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and teacher whose smile, sense of humor, and positive outlook made all who knew her feel loved and special.
Rosary, February 2, 7:00PM, viewing 6:30
Bonney Watson Funeral Home, Seatac, WA
Funeral Services, St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Burien, Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:30AM, luncheon to follow
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi School, Burien WA
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