BAKER BROOK, New Brunswick, and FORT KENT – Rita Freeman, 86, died peacefully April 16, 2011, surrounded by her family in Baker Brook, New Brunswick. She was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Fort Kent, the daughter of Liguori and Elise (Michaud) Robichaud.
Rita attended Thomas College, Waterville, and graduated with a two-year business degree. Rita used her degree and opened and operated Rita’s Flower Shop for many years. She co-managed numerous other businesses with her husband, Francis, such as Fort Kent Bowling Alley, Freeman Construction and Freeman’s Mobile Home. Rita and Francis enjoyed their retirement days at Caron Lake, New Brunswick, at their summer residence, and their winters in Sarasota, Fla. Rita and Francis enjoyed the state political arena by campaigning and entertaining distinguished dignitaries, such as Sen. George Mitchell, Sen. Edmund Muskie and Gov. Kenneth Curtis. Rita’s passion in life was reading. She always had a book in hand and looked forward to the occasions when she could sit by the lake and read. She was an avid bridge player, enjoyed taking long nature walks and got great pleasure in gardening. However, her greatest love was her family. Rita was inquisitive, always wanting to know about her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and responded with a smile which was really infectious. She was truly loved and will be missed by her family.
Rita was predeceased by her husband, Francis Freeman. Rita is survived by her five children, Bruce and wife, Claudette Freeman, of Brunswick, Tom Freeman and his partner, Jim Flint, of Biddeford, Lee and his wife, Donna Freeman, of Chicago, Dan and his wife, Nicole Freeman, of Fort Kent and Mona Freeman of Gray; six grandchildren, Tim and wife, Linda Freeman, Jonathan and wife, Caroline Freeman, Erin Freeman, Susan and husband, Raymond Dearing, Justin Freeman and Elyse Doyle; three great-grandchildren, Lea Freeman, Jonathan Robert Bruce Freeman and Caleb Buchholz; three brothers, Patrick, Philip and Leo James Robichaud; and four sisters, Sister Juanita Robichaud, Louise Barresi, Dora Franck and Venette Motyl.
Friends may call 9 a.m. until the time of service Saturday, May 7, at Daigle Funeral Home, Fort Kent. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Louis Catholic Church, Fort Kent. The family and friends will be gathering at Fort Kent Knights of Columbus Hall after the service. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to Diabetes Care Fund, NMMC, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.