Rita Marie Blondin1

F, #36324, b. Feb 24, 1923, d. Mar 29, 2002
Father*George Frederick Blondin2 b. Oct 19, 1880, d. May 24, 1967
Mother*Alma Catherine Cauchon2 b. Jun 23, 1884, d. Nov 27, 1953

Chronological Events

Birth*Feb 24, 1923 Rita Marie Blondin was born on Feb 24, 1923 at Winooski, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States.2 
 She was the daughter of George Frederick Blondin and Alma Catherine Cauchon.2 
Twin* Rita and Robert J. Blondin were Twins. 
Marriage*circa 1957 Rita Marie Blondin married Richard Charles Rayta, son of Samuel Toussaint Rayta and Mary Octavia Arcand, circa 1957.1 
Marriage*Nov 22, 1979 Rita Marie Blondin married Lawrence Sherman Driscoll, son of William T. Driscoll and Unknown Spouse, on Nov 22, 1979 at Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States.2 
Death*Mar 29, 2002 Rita Marie Blondin died on Mar 29, 2002, at age 79 at Northwestern Medical Center, Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, United States, from cancer of the breast.1 
ObituaryMar 30, 2002  OBITUARY: ST. ALBANS – Rita M. (Rayta) Driscoll, 79, a resident of St. Albans since 1984, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 29, 2002, at Northwestern Medical Center following a brief illness.

She was born in Winooski Feb. 24, 1923, the daughter of the late George and Alma (Cauchon) Blondin. Rita was predeceased by her first husband, Richard C. Rayta, Sr., and her second husband, Lawrence “red” Driscoll. She was a graduate of Winooski High School.

Rita is survived by two sons, Richard C. Rayta, Jr., and his wife, Dawn, of Canton, Ga., and Donald and his wife, Theresa Rayta of Jeffersonville; two daughters, Maureen Hopkins of Edinburg, N.Y. and Cathy L. Cross of St. Albans. She also leaves a twin brother, Robert Blondin of Winooski; a sister-in-law, Peanut Blondin of Burlington; grandchildren Shawnette Whitehead, Tammie Schofield, Patrick Rayta, Marie Rayta, Linda Lee Rayta, Ricky Cross, Andrew Cross, Gordon Stowell, Steven Stowell Charles Rogers and Nancy Chapman; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Chelsea Schofield, Cole Whitehead, Daniel, Jessica and Sabrina Hicks, Ricci Sue Rayta, Gage Rayta, Steven Stowell, Jr., Bryan Stowell and Mindy Stowell, Louie Adams, and Michael Thomas; also nieces, nephews and cousins; and several dear friends at Lake Street Housing. In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by 13 brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be held on Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church with the Reverend Marcheta Townsend, pastor of the Highgate United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be at 1:30 p.m. in New Mount Calvary Cemetery in Burlington. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to American Cancer Society, Vermont Division, Inc., 13 Loomis Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. Arrangements are by the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans.

Published in the St. Albans Daily Messenger, Saint Albans, VT - March 30, 2002.3

Burial*Apr 2, 2002 She was buried on Apr 2, 2002 at Mount Calvary Cemetery (New), Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont, United States, Find A Grave Memorial# 17768050.4 

Family 1

Richard Charles Rayta b. Oct 22, 1917, d. Nov 18, 1976

Family 2

Lawrence Sherman Driscoll b. May 16, 1916, d. Oct 21, 1983


  1. [S4094] State of Vermont, Death Record - Vermont - Ancestry.com.
  2. [S2194] State of Vermont, Marriage Record - Vermont - Ancestry.com.
  3. [S19] Obituary - Online, Newspaper or Funeral Home.
  4. [S58] Photograph of Cemetery Marker, Malcolm McKown, Colorado, United States, #293. Also check Find-A-Grave.com, Death Certificates & Billiongraves.com.
  5. [S1194] State of Vermont, Birth Record - Vermont - Familysearch.org.