Rita Marie Schelhouse, age 78 of Milford, DE passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home
surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 after her long battle of dementia
where she spent 3 years in the Homestead at Genesis, Milford, Delaware. She was born June
15, 1941 in Star Junction, PA, the daughter of the late Benjamin & Anna Marie Lonce-Ludwick.
Rita was a loving, and devoted wife, mother & grandmother. After graduating from high school,
Rita left her hometown in Perryopolis, PA, to become a Telephone Operator in Philadelphia, PA,
where she met her life partner, Marvin. After she married Marvin and started a family, she was
stationed with her family in New Jersey and Virginia and finally settled in Milford, Delaware. Rita
was a wonderful home-maker and enjoyed gardening. Rita was an active member of St. John’s
Catholic Church in Milford, DE. She loved being with her family and spending many evenings
with her husband, Marvin going to the beach and sitting with Marvin on the pirate ship watching
Milford High School football games. Visiting her hometown and having great times eating
Polish food and reminiscing of old times were something she cherished. She had a great sense
of humor, was kind and thoughtful and loved making everyone laugh. In addition to her parents,
she was preceded in death by sister, Dolores Lerda of Perryopolis, PA, and brother Ronald Ludwick
of Perryopolis, PA.
She is survived by her loving and loyal husband, Marvin of 59 years, three children, a son,
Thomas Schelhouse, of Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, a daughter, Deborah Annand and
husband, Chris of Milford, a daughter, Jennifer Mills and husband, Jamie of Milford. 4
grandchildren, grand-daughter Lauren Schelhouse of Coral Springs, Florida, grandson,
Jonathan Annand and wife, Jane of Denton, Maryland, grand-daughters, Jessica and Emilee
Mills of Milford, Delaware. Two great-grandchildren, Cameron and Jaxon of Coral Springs,
Florida, a brother, Clement Ludwick and wife Vicki of Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a special
godchild and niece, Betty Ann Lerda- Rock of Perryopolis, PA, brother-in-law, Glenn Lerda,
sister-in-law Joyce Ludwick and many nieces and nephews.
Services and burial will be private for the immediate family on Monday, June 1, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Season’s Hospice & Palliative Care,
30265 Commerce Drive, Suite 205, Millsboro, DE 19966 (Phone number 302-533-3800)
Arr. by Lofland Funeral Home, Milford. Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at www.loflandandmcknatt.com.
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