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BANGOR – Rita Chinoy, 90, died peacefully April 16, 2009, at home, after a short illness and a full life. She was born Feb. 8, 1919, in Russia, and emigrated with her parents, Lew and Esther Robey, to the New York area at age 2. She attended Weequahic High School and then Montclair State Teacher’s College, New Jersey. She was a skilled pianist and taught piano for many years. Rita ultimately attained masters-level teaching certification and taught in the special education department of the Newark, N.J., school system for 30 years as a home teacher and in a hospital. After retirement she devoted much of her time to volunteer work in an area nursing home. After the death of her husband, Abe, with whom she shared a close marriage for 57 years, she moved to Bangor, where she continued to dedicate much of her time to volunteer activity. Though in her last years, life whittled away one capacity after another, Rita focused on making the best use of those which remained. Until a couple of weeks prior to her death, she continued to spend her time warming children and adults alike with her crocheted chemo and premie caps for area hospitals, listening to her books on tape, and keeping company with her cat, Lucky. Less than pleased with Maine winters, she was looking forward to another season growing flowers and eggplants in her back garden. Rita will be missed by her son, Dennis Chinoy and daughter-in-law, Katherine Kates, of Bangor; her daughter, Anita Garkowski and son-in-law, Tom Garkowski, of Las Vegas; by five grandchildren, Lorri and her husband, Phil, Erin, Darcy and her husband, David, Sara, and Jesse and his wife, Marianela; and by three great-grandchildren, Devin, Derik and Kennedy. Her friends and family will miss her wry humor, lack of pretense and stubborn independence. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Bangor Public Library Audio Books Program.

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