Rita Fitterman, formerly of Pueblo, passed away on Mon., Sept. 22, 2008, at her home in New York City. She was 83. Born and raised in New York City, Rita married Isaac 'Ike' Fitterman in 1944. Together, they owned and operated a photography business, Jay Phillips Studio, in Brooklyn. In 1948, they moved to Pueblo where they relocated and operated their studio for nearly 40 years. Rita volunteered for SRDA and the Pueblo Zoo, and was a longtime member of the Pueblo Jewish community. In 2005, Rita moved back to New York City to be close to her family. She loved family gatherings, music, theatre, gardening, Scrabble, crossword puzzles, and creating greeting cards and photo albums on her computer. Preceded in death by her husband, Ike in 1990; parents, Louis and Fannie Zagon; brothers, Barney and Hyman 'Hy' Zagon; and sisters, Celia Levine and Lena Braunstein. Rita is survived by her sisters, Matilda Fichtenholtz of Florida and Gertrude Wallach of Florida; children, David of New York City, Mindy of Concord, NH, and Bob (Evan Schwartz) of New York City; grandchildren, Ben and Ariel Fitterman; and numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held in New York City (www.plazajewishcommunitychapel.org) on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. A graveside service will be held in Pueblo at 1:45 p.m. Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008, at B'nai Jacob Cemetery, West 23rd Street and Montezuma Rd. The family requests the omission of flowers. Memorial donations may be made to the Fresh Air Fund (www.freshair.org) through Montgomery & Steward Funeral Directors, 1317 N. Main St., Pueblo, CO 81003. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Just found the guest book. My thoughts are with my friend Mindy, her brothers and the rest of Mrs. Fitterman’s family. I wish I had been able to meet Rita in her younger days. Kindest wishes to you all.

  2. Name: ken mcfate
    E-mail: kfmcfate@yahoo.com
    Telephone: 7022830212
    Ken Mcfate here, in hong kong, from pitts junior high, remember the great old days??!! i saw bob fitterman had a loss in his family and i would like to frorward my sincere condolences. would you please do that for me? i tries to manuever the site, but as an old dog, i am ;acking the needed skills. i appreciated bob in school, delivered to his paents at the studio from rush’s lumber, and feel for him and can “relate” after losing my mom, too. thanks, and hope all is well with you and family. take care, ken mcfate

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  3. Dear Dave, Mindy, and Bob.
    We are saddened by your Mom’s passing, but know she is now at rest in a better place.
    We have missed our neighborly relationship with her. She was a gracious and precious friend.
    It was especially meaningful to us when she shared her early life experiences growing up in New York and spending time with the Fresh Air people in the summer.
    She admired our roses and took pictures of them to incorportate in her Rheeta greeting cards she often sent us. As we watch our roses bloom, we will always remember our dear friend, Rita, who brightened and enriched our lives. Blessings on each of you.
    Love, Louise and Darrell

  4. Mindy, David, and Bobby,

    I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a good woman and good friend to my family. She will be missed.

    Paula Milstein Emeson

  5. Family is not always defined by biology. Love is the true definition and speaking for all of the Rosen’s, Rita was a member of our family and was truly loved by us all. I will always remember how much love, friendship and dedication she showed to my mom as she was suffering. To know that Rita was by her side as she passed was a tremendous comfort to us. Rita was as helpful as any surgery or chemotherapy as I was recovering from my breast cancer surgery and her guidance and compassion were instrumental in saving my life. Her family was paramount in her life and everyone who ever had the good fortune to meet and know Rita had their lives enriched by that meeting. Earth is a much better place because Rita Fitterman lived and loved here. We all are saddened by her passing but so very fortunate to have loved and been loved by Rita. God bless and comfort you all.

  6. Family is not always defined by biology. Love is the true definition and speaking for all of the Rosen’s, Rita was a member of our family and was truly loved by us all. I will always remember how much love, friendship and dedication she showed to my mom as she was suffering. To know that Rita was by her side as she passed was a tremendous comfort to us. Rita was as helpful as any surgery or chemotherapy as I was recovering from my breast cancer surgery and her guidance and compassion were instrumental in saving my life. Her family was paramount in her life and everyone who ever had the good fortune to meet and know Rita had their lives enriched by that meeting. Earth is a much better place because Rita Fitterman lived and loved here. We all are saddened by her passing but so very fortunate to have loved and been loved by Rita. God bless and comfort you all.

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