PUTNAM — Rita L. Ely, 81, of Putnam passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019, at her residence.
Rita was born on March 13, 1938, in Henry to Louis and Elizabeth (Noeder) Merdian. She married Charles Ely on Nov. 12, 1960.
She graduated from Henry High School. She was a bus driver for Putnam County School District for 30 years. She also worked for the Clover Club and the Pizza Place in Granville.
She was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. She enjoyed gardening, and visiting with family, neighbors and friends.
Survivors include four sons, Steve (Laura) Ely of Dixon, Kevin (Debbie) Ely of Granville, Bill Ely of Putnam and David Ely of Putnam; one daughter, Charlene (Dave) Ryckaert of LaMoille; one brother, Jerry (Jane) Merdian of Henry; one sister, Pat (Wally) Schaidle of Metamora; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ely, on Jan. 31, 1994; and two sons, Bob and Joe Ely.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Granville with Father Patrick DeMeulemeester officiating. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Granville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel in Granville.
Pallbearers will be Josh Merdian, Alex Ely, Abbi Ely, Diana Ely, Rachel Ely, Emily Jo Ely, Chris Dixon, Dave Ryckaert, Connie Ely and Katie Ely.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be directed to the family.
Online condolences may be made to her family at www.dcfunerals.com.