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Rita Krantz

Rita Roaten Krantz

Tuesday, January 25th, 1955 - Saturday, August 31st, 2019
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Obituary

Rita Roaten Krantz, 64, of Roanoke, Va., died on Saturday, August 31, 2019, following an extended illness.

She was born on January 25, 1955, in Bluefield, WVa., the daughter of Janet and Billy Mann and Charles Roaten.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kevin M. Krantz, in July of 2018.

Rita is survived by her son, Evan L. Pruitt of Eugene, Ore.; sisters, Terri Mann of Cape Coral, Fla., Karen Keliher of Livonia, Mich., Lynn Roaten of Bluefield, Va., and Kari Burkett of Mooresville, N.C.; brothers, Steve Mann of Matthews, N.C., David Mann of Cape Coral, Fla., and Mike Roaten of Cookeville, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Sherri Krantz and husband, Bob, of Roanoke, Va.; and aunts, Dean Dorathy of Salem, Va. and Gina Hyer and husband, Steve, of Salem, Va., who considered her their own.

Rita worked for a number of years as a merchandiser and supervisor at JC Penney at Tanglewood before going into the financial and insurance industry with her uncle, Steve. She continued in this field for the remainder of her career with National Life, Met Life, and Mass Mutual of Roanoke.

Rita was sweet, humble, and gentle with a tender heart, big expressive green eyes, and a beautiful smile. She was always special and precious to her family. To know her was to love her. She faced many difficult health challenges throughout her adult life, but she always fought back and pushed hard to overcome them. The last fight was too much for her to overcome. She goes now to join her beloved Kevin taking our hearts with her, our beautiful and precious Rita.

Arrangements are being held in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel located at 305 Roanoke Boulevard in Salem, Va. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019, and the memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 8, 2019, with family friend, Pastor Ben Lockhart, officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Saturday, September 7th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Memorial Service

    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Sunday, September 8th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    John M. Oakey & Son Chapel
    Address
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Ben Lockhart

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Posted at 12:50pm
Going to be with Kevin. Rest. Love Donna Osburn & Sam
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David R Mann

Posted at 12:24pm
In loving memory of my dear sister Rita.
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Kenneth Mick

Posted at 10:55pm
We walked to school for our junior high years in Grafton WV - worked on the school newspaper, sang in the first jr. high chorus. The winds blew cold on the St. Mary's bridge over the Tygart River... the steps from Main St to Washington St served to warm the body as we climbed. Crushed my heart when her dad was so successful turning around the local J. C. Penney store that they moved him to Monroe, Michigan. She disappeared from Grafton High School well into our freshman year, but never from memory or curiosity. A couple years back, we found each other - so sorry to hear this news. Ken Mick
 
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Shirley Posted at 06:11pm

I will always remember your sweet smile. You were a joy to run into. I remember so many happy times with your family. Now you are resting in the arms of Jesus. Your presence here will be sadly missed by so many who loved you so.
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Posted at 12:50pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. With Sympathy,
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