Rita E. Downey

Downey, Rita

Downey, Rita E. (Lynch) of Milton and Cambridge, formerly of Roxbury and Dorchester, passed on December 28, 2013, surrounded by her family.  Beloved wife of the late Daniel J. Downey of Dorchester. Loving mother of Cathy Downey (OFD), her husband Joe Owens, and cats Fluffy, Nadia and Sam, of Cambridge.  Sister of Mary G. Kelleher of Cambridge and the late Robert A., Gerard and Katherine Lynch.  Also survived by loving nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rita grew up in Roxbury and enjoyed many summers in Hough’s Neck with family. She was a Boston Business School graduate and worked as a secretary for a number of years.  In Dorchester, Rita was active in St. Mark’s Sodality and volunteered with Kit Clark Senior Services. Hobbies included bowling, knitting, baking, and Boston Globe crossword puzzles.  She enjoyed following the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots with her son-in-law as well.  She will be sorely missed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth Church, 350 Reedsdale Rd, Milton, Monday January 6 at 10:00 AM. Relatives and friends invited. Visiting hours at the Dolan Funeral Home, 1140 Washington St, DORCHESTER Sunday January 5, 4 to 8 PM. Interment in Milton Cemetery. Online condolences and guest book visit www.dolanfuneral.com.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to Catholic T.V. (http://www.catholictv.com/) or Little Sisters of the Poor (http://www.littlesistersofthepoorboston.org/).