Rita E. McDonnell, 87, (nee Nowicki) passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ.
Mrs. McDonnell was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. She moved to Kearny in 1974 and retired to Whiting, NJ in 1999. She moved to Bordentown, NJ in 2019.
Rita worked as Secretary to the County Clerk in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City before moving to the same position in the Superior Court. She retired in 1999 after 26 years.
She is survived by her loving children, Tommie McDonnell, (the late Linda), Edward T. McDonnell, Jr. (Carol), Colleen McDonnell (Frank Wieczorek), Robert McDonnell (Denise), Ann Marie O’Leary (Chris), Rita Moumine (fiancé John Ballner) and Kevin McDonnell (Alisa); one brother, John Nowicki and fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren with one on the way.
Mrs. McDonnell was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Edward T. McDonnell, one son, Kenneth McDonnell, and siblings, Dottie Rand and Paul, Edward, and William Nowicki and her parents, John and Anna (nee Looney) Nowicki.
Contributions in Rita's name made to the Family Promise of Hudson County at familypromisehudson.org would be greatly appreciated.
DUE TO THE RESTRICTIONS RECENTLY PLACED ON PUBLIC SPACES BY THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY IN THE ONGOING EFFORTS TO LIMIT THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19), MR'S McDONNELL'S FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE PRIVATE.