Rita Ann Bavineau, 90, of Victor, NY, passed away on January 18, 2024. Rita was born on July 9, 1933, in Rome, NY, to the late Lillian Urtz Misiewicz and Walter Misiewicz. She was preceded in death by her soulmate and husband of 65 years, Bill Bavineau and her sisters, Elaine Lo Presti and Mary Jane Misiewicz.

Rita was a loving and dedicated mother to her five children: Deb (Al) Wordingham, Jane (Dwayne) Bavineau-Wuneburger, Dan (Margaret) Bavineau, Judy (Mark) Weisseg, and Michael (Andrea) Bavineau. She adored her nine grandchildren: Brad DeCicco, Jon Wordingham, Aaron Wordingham, Jacob Musiol, Mackenzie Conway, Ryan Bavineau, Jaclyn Musiol, Ryleigh Bavineau, and Cal Bavineau. Rita was also blessed with four great-grandchildren: Macie, Maddie, Maddux DeCicco, and Sophia Wordingham. She is survived by her sister, Janet Harter, and her brother, Walter (“Unkie”) Masavage.

Rita was happiest when she was in a garden, picking berries for jams and pies, cooking someone’s favorite meal or dessert, giving a gift or simply just helping.  Her Thanksgiving dinners, desserts and afghans are legendary providing so many of us with warm, wonderful memories.  She never missed or forgot a birthday, anniversary, holiday or any special occasion in between.  Always offering a gift and her time to anyone she met in need.

Rita dedicated over 30 years of her life to working at Sibley’s Department Store, also known as Kaufmann’s and Macy’s, at Eastview Mall in Victor, NY. She was highly regarded by her colleagues and customers alike.

In her free time, Rita was an active volunteer with Victor’s Garden Club, Sonnenberg Gardens, and the American Red Cross Blood Donations. She also served as an usher at St. Patrick’s Church as well as cooking for numerous funeral luncheons.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, January 26, 2024, at St. Patrick’s Church in Victor, NY. Following the burial at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, a luncheon will be held in the church hall. Contributions in Rita’s memory can be made to Sonnenberg Gardens or St. Patrick’s Church in lieu of flowers.

Rita Bavineau will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her. Her warm and generous spirit touched the lives of many, leaving behind cherished memories and a legacy of giving and kindness.