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Rita Boston Wilczynski – February 11, 2018

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Rita Boston Wilczynski

Rita Boston Wilczynski, 77, of Susanville, passed away on February 11, 2018, at the Warnerview Skilled Nursing Facility in Alturas, CA.

She is survived by her husband, John Wilczynski, who was born and raised in Forest City, PA. They met and were engaged while attending the Univ. of Missouri. They were married on June 8, 1963, at the St. John’s Cathedral in St. Louis, Mo.

Born in Pawnee, IL., daughter of Chester and Mary Sullivan Boston. They lived in Mt. Shasta, Ca. from 1963 until 1975. Rita attended College of the Siskiyou’s to obtain the educational classes she needed for a Teaching Degree. She was a substitute teacher at Weed High School; McCloud H.S., Dunsmuir H.S., and Mt. Shasta H.S.

She moved to Susanville, in the summer of 1975 when her husband, who worked for the Forest Service, was transferred to the Lassen N.F headquarters.

Rita qualified for a fulltime teaching certificate in 1976 and was employed by the Lassen Union High School. She taught chemistry, geometry, physics, algebra, general math; as well as being the advisor for the Academic Olympic competition team.

She was a lifetime member of the CA. Teachers Association and later when she retired, she was a member of the CA. Retired Teachers Association where she served as President for several terms.

Rita is survived by a son, John J. Wilczynski Ill who graduated from Lassen H.S. and then went on to serve four years as a U.S. Navy Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. John left the U.S. Navy and was hired by Alaska Airlines as a pilot in 2002, and now has 15 years as a commercial pilot.

John and his Wife, Darlene, a graduate of the U.S. Navy Academy, have two sons; John J. IV and his wife Alissa. Both graduated from Univ. of Montana and Matthew who is a freshman at the City College.

Rita is also survived by a daughter, Julia Marie Cooper and her husband John Cooper. Julia served four years in the U.S. Navy. She is now an Actuary for BlueCross/Blue Shield of Wash. Her husband John stayed in the Navy until he completed his 20 years of service. Julie and John have two sons; Joseph is a sophomore at the Univ. of Wash. Michael is a senior at the high school.

Also surviving is a brother Larry and Elaine Boston of Folsom, La; Pat and Joe Powell of Rocheport, Mo.; and Beth and Roger Heafield of Asheville, NC.; four nieces and two nephews; and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles living in Illinois.

The funeral mass will be on Monday, Feb. 19 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Church with burial at the Diamond Crest Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, PO Box 50 Memphis, TN 38101-0050


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10 Responses to Rita Boston Wilczynski – February 11, 2018

  1. Lori Wobbe Kelley

    Lori Wobbe Kelley

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    She was a wonderful lady and an awesome teacher.

  2. Amanda Snider Mitchell

    Amanda Snider Mitchell

    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Prayers for the family.

  3. David Kaber

    David Kaber

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Sorry to hear of her passing.

  4. Amy Anderson

    Amy Anderson

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Rita was amazing, not only as a teacher but as a member of the community
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  5. Alison Guzman

    Alison Guzman

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    She was one of the best teachers I had. She strove to bring the best out of you.

  6. Savannah Engman

    Savannah Engman

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Alison Guzman

  7. Savannah Engman

    Savannah Engman

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    This makes me so sad. 🙁

  8. Kathe Davidson

    Kathe Davidson

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    So sad to hear this. Loves and prayers to John and the family.

  9. Genevieve Sisco

    Genevieve Sisco

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Loved, loved, loved Rita…and think of her often.

  10. Michael George Watkins

    Michael George Watkins

    Monday, February 19th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    ih no

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