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Rita E. (Gamble) Fricano

January 13, 1942 ~ February 3, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old

Rita E. Fricano Obituary

Rita E. Fricano, 82, passed peacefully Saturday, February 3, 2024 at North Woods Village at Edison Lakes in Mishawaka, IN.

She was born on January 13, 1942 to the late Richard and Gertrude (Mackey) Gamble in Lakewood, OH.   Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Kathy Gamble; Sue Crawford; two sons-in-law, George Kennach; Michael Gorzkiewicz; and two sisters-in-law, Shirley Gamble and Patty Gamble.

Rita graduated from St. Joseph High School in South Bend in 1960, and received her Associates Degree in business from I.U.S.B.

She retired in 1997 from the University of Notre Dame, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant for 20 years. 

A talented quilter and painter, Rita also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, travel, dancing the jitterbug and Elvis Presley music.

Rita is survived by her husband, Charles P. Fricano of Mishawaka, IN; four daughters, Margaret Vanderbosch of North Liberty, IN; Debbie (Mark) Obren of Leesburg, FL; Teresa Vanderbosch of Granger, IN; Kathy Kennach of South Bend, IN; one son, John (Lisa) Vanderbosch of South Bend, IN; 16 grandchildren, Evan Gorzkiewicz, Matthew Gorzkiewicz, Kelsey (Greg) Howard, Erin (Drew) Oshesky, Chad (Emily) Vanderbosch, Kevin Obren, Sarah Obren, Lynette Kennach, Rita Kennach, George (Ayralynn) Kennach, Alex Kennach, Wallace Kennach, Taft (Elise) Kennach, Jan (Sangele) Uaita, Kathy (Valu) Kennach, and Junior (Angel) Kennach; 17 great grandchildren, Colt Gorzkiewicz, Colin Howard, Aubrey Howard, Carson Vanderbosch, Mizaella Kennach, Isabella Kennach, Taft Kennach, Leala Uaita, Reniva Uaita, Scott Uaita, Valeen Kennach, JJ Kennach, Vanessa Kennach, Turituri Kennach, Prince Kennach, Leila Boyd, and Kali Boyd; one sister, Carolyn Gamble of South Bend, IN; and one brother, John Gamble of Crawfordsville, IN.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Friday, February 9, 2024 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 10, 2024 at Christ the King Catholic Church, 52473 State Hwy 933, South Bend, IN.  Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, IN.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Indiana Chapter, 8445 Keystone Xing, Ste 135, Indianapolis, IN 46240-0020.        

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February 9, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home
3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Parish Rosary
February 9, 2024

7:00 PM
Kaniewski Funeral Home
3545 N. Bendix Dr.
South Bend, IN 46628

Mass of Christian Burial
February 10, 2024

10:30 AM
Christ the King Catholic Church
52473 S R 933
South Bend, IN 46637


Cedar Grove Cemetery
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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