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Rita Campbell

Rita A. Campbell (Burke)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 1941 - Saturday, February 1st, 2020
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Rita A. (nee Burke) Campbell, 78 of Wall Township passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 1, 2020 at Ocean Medical Center, Brick. Rita was born on April 2, 1941 to her parents Edward T. Burke and Mary (nee Landers) Burke. Rita was raised in Kearny, NJ and was a graduate of Our Lady Queen of Peace in North Arlington, NJ. She received her bachelor’s degree for teaching from Jersey City State College in 1962. Rita was a teacher for over 32 years working for the Board of Education for Bloomfield and Dunellen. Rita's dedication, passion, and expertise was recognized by her peers, students and community. She was the first recipient to be awarded the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award for outstanding teaching from Dunellen, NJ., and was a mentor to many novice teachers during her teaching career. Rita was an active member of Lady of Fatima Church in Piscataway and St Denis Church in Manasquan and taught CCD for the Manasquan parish. She was an avid sports fan, an epicurean, a devoted daughter and wife, a dedicated teacher, a beloved relative and friend. She will be greatly missed.

Rita was predeceased by her husband of 54 years Ronald Campbell in 2018, her parents Edward and Mary Burke, and a brother Edward Burke, Jr. Rita is survived by her godchildren, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many, dear friends and grateful students.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 9:30 am at St. Denis Church in Manasquan, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Community Almoner 421 E. 155th Street Bronx, NY 10455. Arrangements are under the care of Orender Family Home for Funerals, Manasquan. To send condolences to the family please visit
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 9:30am
    St Denis Church
    90 Union Avenue
    Manasquan, New Jersey 08736
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Susan Chikuba

Posted at 01:23am
I have been blessed by many phenomenal teachers, but Rita Campbell was standout. She was the real deal. She was feminism (equals humanism) in action. She was dedication and professionalism and humor and wit. She was classy, she was kind, she was stern when necessary without hiding the love behind it. She was herself. And she delighted in others being their own selves. Truly, the Great Spirit ran strong in her and was made the stronger for it. She modeled for me how strong women are. I have loved her through all of the decades since that Lincoln School third-grade classroom.

I thank Rita Campbell for
o turning us on to the joys of reading
o introducing me to symbology and myth and metaphor
o setting up, at her own cost, a lending library in the classroom filled with books of her own choosing
o on the last day of school, gifting me the book I had taken home the most often (It is still on my shelves, with her name penned inside.)
o loving animals
o gracing my life
o being Rita Campbell

My deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones.

Amy Murray Schmalen

Posted at 06:46pm
I'm one of Mrs. Campbell's devoted former third-grade students from Whittier School in Dunellen. She made me enjoy learning.
I, too loved sports and we had that in common. She lived in Piscataway and would drive down my block and I'd race her to school. She had the cool TransAm and always won. My sincere condolences to her extended family. Eternal rest grant unto her o Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Amy Murray-Schmalen

Jimmy Doyle

Posted at 06:18pm
I loved her. She was one of my favorite teachers. She instilled in me the love of mythology. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to her family and friends.

Nancy Sager

Posted at 02:17pm
Rita's qualities of friendship are mirrored in these words from "That's What Friends Are For":

Keep smiling, keep shining
Knowing you can always count on me, for sure
That's what friends are for
For good times and bad times
I'll be on your side forever more
That's what friends are for...

At the death of my mother--
she was there
At our children's bar and bat mitzvahs
she was there
At our children's weddings,
she was there
During administrative turmoil,
she was there
At our grandchildren's baby namings'
she was there
At my retirement,
she was there
At her Atlantic City retirement weekend celebration she had for me,
she was there
At our yearly holiday dinners, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah
she was there
She was there in all her prayers, in all her actions, in all her heart: supportive, encouraging, reassuring, and although these last six months have been exceptionally medically challenging, I know she was always on our side forever more. To paraphase, For although we are now apart all the memories are in my heart, and are coming from my heart. Thank you for our forty eight years of wonderful memories, friendship, and love. I will miss you!

Susan Chikuba Posted at 10:55pm

Greetings! I may be mistaken but I am thinking you might be the Ms. Sager who was my kindergarten teacher in the basement classroom of Lincoln School, spring 1972. I have fond memories—of painting, of talking about musical instruments, of staging a reading of "The Little Red Hen" to which our parents came. Also of the warm way you drew the janitor, whose room was next door, into our classroom conversations. I also recall a fashionable belt (of many rings) you had that we loved! (^^) It was nice to see your name here and share this space. It doesn't surprise me that you and Mrs. Campbell enjoyed a long and loving friendship. Yours, Susan Rogers Chikuba

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