Rita Vohnout passed away peacefully June 15, 2020 in Pismo Beach at the age of 91. Rita was born in Cleveland, Ohio, married Edward in Cleveland in 1950 and they were together until Ed passed in 2012. They moved to Taft, CA in 1962 where Rita attended Taft College and earned an LVN nursing license and worked at Taft Westside Hospital for over 30 years. She was active in her church and community and enjoyed golfing, traveling and both ballroom and square dancing. She loved gardening and was famous for her roses, which earned her the nickname Rosa Rita. After their kids were grown, Ed and Rita retired to Pismo Beach where she lived for over 30 years in a Senior Trailer Park near the beach and was a member of St. Paul’s Parish. Rita continued to enjoy playing golf, dancing, traveling, and going to the gym where she loved water aerobics.
Rita’s greatest joy was her participation in the Central Coast Follies where she danced in every show for 15 years from the age of 73 to 88. Her joy of tap dancing started as a child and she continued to refine her skills and the love of dancing throughout her life. Photo was taken at her last show at the age of 88.
Rita was friendly and likeable and made friends everywhere she went. She loved to meet new people and was always available for a party, potluck, celebration or just to meet in the clubhouse to play cards or table games. She will be remembered as a vivacious, independent, outgoing, and loving woman.
Rita is survived by her, son Edward Vohnout, Bakersfield; Daughters April Smith, Nipomo; Terry McDonald, Taft; Kim Steele, Chico; Laura Wooldridge, Simi Valley; son Chris Vohnout, San Marcos; thirteen grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be planned at a later date at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Pismo Beach. She will be buried with her husband at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia.
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