Rita L. Carlisi of The Villages, FL formerly of North Potomac, MD passed away peacefully on April 16, 2022 at the Serenades Memory Care at The Villages. Rita was born in New York City, one of six children of the late Roger and Grace O’Connell.
She earned her Bachelor’s degree from St. Joseph College and later her Masters from Trinity University. She served as an educator until her retirement, spending the last 25 years as Assistant Principal and 8th grade teacher at St. Martin’s Catholic School in Gaithersburg, MD.
An avid walker, she enjoyed bowling, pickleball, board games and clubs as well as traveling and volunteering. Her life was dedicated to her family and the many lives she enriched as a teacher. She will be best remembered for her contagious laugh, quick wit and sound advice.
Rita is survived by her devoted husband of 60 years Anthony J. Carlisi; her children Anthony (Michelle) Carlisi of Boyds, MD, Brian (Shawn) Carlisi of Canton, GA, Shannon (John) McKenna of Gaithersburg, MD; and seven grandchildren McKenzie, AJ, Melissa, Michael, Kelly, Meghan & Matthew; sister in law Nicky Carlisi; her siblings Christine Cardea and Roger O’Connell; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Marilyn Whelan, Rodna Francesca and Liz O’Connell.
A memorial service will be held in Darnestown, MD at a later date. Contributions in memory of Rita Carlisi may be made to a charity of one’s choosing. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the Serenades Memory Care at The Villages and Cornerstone Hospice for their professional and loving care of Rita.