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Rita Sorice

July 13, 1947 August 7, 2017
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RITA SORICE
July 13, 1947 - August 7, 2017
Middletown, NY
Rita Sorice, beloved mother and grandmother, died after a courageous and hard fought battle with a cancer on August 7, 2017 at Orange Regional Medical Center with her loving family by her side. She was 70. The daughter of the late Antonio and Maria Carmina Palma, she was born on July 13, 1947 in Naples, Italy.
She married Felice Sorice on July 11, 1965 in Italy. Rita and Felice immigrated to the United States from Italy with their young children. They worked hard, building a life for their family. She loved spending time with her family and enjoyed carrying on their traditions.
Rita was a gifted gardener, who kept a spectacular garden filled with both vegetables and flowers. Her garden was a showplace that much of her community (even members of the Garden Club) enjoyed.
Rita is survived by her children: daughter, Francesca Berlin and her husband, Michael; son, Antonio Sorice and his wife, Sharon; son, Pellegrino Sorice; and daughter, Carmella Vega and her husband, David. She is also survived by a her brother, Pietro and sister, Rafaella Palma, both of Italy and sister, Giovanna Palma of England; as well as her cherished grandchildren: Stephanie, Elizabeth, Phillip and Margaret Berlin; Nicholas and Catarina Sorice; and David Vega Jr and Liam Vega; as well as many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff on 4 North at Orange Regional Medical Center, Dr. Robert Dinsmore and his staff, ORMC Spagnoli Family Cancer Center and the Smilow Cancer Hospital.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc., 130 Highland Avenue, Middletown, NY 10940. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in St. Joseph’s Church, 149 Cottage Street, Middletown, NY 10940. Entombment will follow in Queen of Peace Mausoleum at St. Joseph’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Rita’s family would like to request memorial contributions in her name to be made to specific charities to benefit cancer research.
Arrangements are under the direction of Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home, Inc.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

9

Aug

2:00 PM 8/9/2017 2:00:00 PM - 4:00 PM 8/9/2017 4:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Entombment in the Queen of Peace Mausoleum

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Visitation

Wednesday

9

Aug

7:00 PM 8/9/2017 7:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 8/9/2017 9:00:00 PM
Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home

130 Highland Ave.
Middletown, NY 10940

Entombment in the Queen of Peace Mausoleum

Applebee-McPhillips Funeral Home
130 Highland Ave. Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Service

Thursday

10

Aug

11:00 AM 8/10/2017 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 8/10/2017 12:00:00 PM
St. Joseph's Church

149 Cottage Street
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Joseph's Church
149 Cottage Street Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Service

Thursday

10

Aug

12:00 PM 8/10/2017 12:00:00 PM - 1:00 PM 8/10/2017 1:00:00 PM
St. Joseph's Cemetery

149 Cottage Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Entombment in the Queen of Peace Mausoleum

St. Joseph's Cemetery
149 Cottage Street Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital

501 St. Jude Way
memphis, TN 38105
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