Rita was born in Kiev, Ukraine on October 13, 1934. She worked for many years as a schoolteacher and retired from the Des Moines Public Schools to spend more time with her family.
She is survived by her daughter, Alla Mintzer Zaprudsky (Michael) and daughter-in-law, Audrey Zaprudsky as well as six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Naum, and son, Peter.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 pm on Friday, January 9, 2015, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center or Tifereth Israel Synagogue.