Rita Marie Shelanski

by | Jan 21, 2021 | Obituaries

Wynnewood, Pa.—Rita Marie Sheleanski (nee CARDILE) passed away peacefully at home in Wynnewood, Pa., on Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at age 91.

Born in Philadelphia to Sicilian immigrants Salvatore and Anna Cardile, and one of 8 children, she converted to Judaism and was married to Dr. Morris V. Shelanski for 65 years.

She was a member of the 1951 graduating class of Philadelphia General Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a nurse at that hospital. There, she met her future husband, who pre-deceased her in July 2020.

She is survived by 5 children, Joseph, Herman, Samuel, Anne (Dougherty) and Stephan; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rita was warm, feisty, fun-loving, and a fantastic cook with an infectious laugh. She was exceptionally proud of being a nurse, wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as sister, aunt, and friend. She gave so much love and so many lives are better because of her. West Laurel Hill Funeral Home, Inc.