It is with great sadness that the family of Rita May Hockenbury, resident of Round Hill, Virginia, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA; Northfield, Ohio; and Houston, Texas announce her passing on December 29, 2017 at 11 New Cut Road in Round Hill at the age of 60.
Rita was born of parents John Edward Hirsch and Mary Florentine (McCullough) Hirsch, both now deceased, on April 2, 1957 in Pittsburgh, PA, the last of five children, namely, Mary Talcott Kolehmainen of Jefferson, Ohio, Alice M. Hirsch, Ph.D. of Pittsburgh, PA, Camille T. Barry, Ph.D., of Reston, VA, and John E. Hirsch, Jr. of Steubenville, Ohio.
Rita attended Bowling Green University majoring in Criminology. Following graduation, she began to work as security personnel for a department store in Pittsburgh. During a trip to Houston, Texas, Rita decided to move to Houston and to seek employment there. She remained in Texas for 27 years during which time she married and became the mother of two deeply loved daughters, Kaitlin and Jordan Hockenbury. Following a move to Round Hill, Virginia, Rita married beloved Aivar Kelt, a good man who had emigrated from Polva, Estonia to Virginia. Rita, Aivar, and daughters lived in Round Hill.
Rita started her own business Vizini Inc. and accomplished sales of the Vizini in stores nationwide. Rita’s creativity, beautiful personality, love of country and people, and business acumen came together in her business. Rita moved her production from China to the United States at one point to support US workers. Rita was also a supporter of women in poorer areas of the world. She participated in demonstrations among other activities to support programs whereby women learn to support themselves by developing products that are sold throughout the world. Rita was known and loved due to her pure heart and because she was filled with love. Rita will be deeply missed by family and friends.
A funeral Mass will be held on January 18, 2018 at 11:00AM at St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, 37730 St. Francis Court, Purcellville, VA 20132, followed by an open house/reception in the lower level of the church from 12:00PM-2:00PM. Details regarding the Mass and open house/reception will be available on the website of Hall Funeral Home, www.hallfh.com.
Memorial donations may be made to Women for Women International at www.womenforwomen.org or to Rita’s daughters Kaitlin and Jordan Hockenbury, PO Box 668, Round Hill, VA 20142.
Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. This Beatitude speaks about Rita.