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Obituary: Rita M. (Brunelle) Zagorites, 90

Nov 13, 2016 05:22PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Rita M. (Brunelle) Zagorites obituary

Lowell, MA - Rita M. (Brunelle) Zagorites, a longtime Dracut resident, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, with her family by her side. She was the wife of 41 years to the late Pangiotis "Pete" Zagorites who passed in 1986.

Born in Lowell on November 6, 1926, Rita was a daughter of the late Harry and Mary Agnes (McNabb) Brunelle. For many years, Rita worked as a stitcher for Hub Hosiery.

Among Rita's favorite hobbies were working in her garden, going to the beach, and traveling. She also enjoyed trying her luck at the casino and playing Bingo with all her new friends at Brookdale Senior Living Facility. Rita was a beloved wife, mother, Grammie and GG and will be sadly missed. 

Rita is survived and will be deeply missed by her 3 children, Peter Zagorites and his wife Linda of Litchfield, NH, Darlene Zagorites and her fiancé Philip Pascoe of Naples, FL, and Brian Zagorites and his wife Melissa of Nashua, NH; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Jane Zagorites of Leesburg,VA; sisters-in-law, Frances Brunelle of Lowell, Georgia Salaris of Peabody, and Mary Pasios of Illinois; as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Along with her husband, Pete, Rita was predeceased by her daughter, Brenda Patterson; son, Harry Zagorites; son-in-law, John Patterson; and brothers, Daniel, Harry, and Raymond Brunelle.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects on SUNDAY, November 13, 2016, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave, Dracut. Rita's service will be held from the funeral home at 11 a.m. with her Funeral Mass to follow at 12 noon in St. Rita's Parish, Lowell. Burial will be held afterwards at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Lowell. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rita's memory to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit, or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home.”
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