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Mrs. Rita Cross

Sunday, June 28, 2009
2:00 PM until 4:00 PM
At Gray-Parker Funeral Home
100 E. Main St.
Port Jervis, NY 12771

Sunday, June 28, 2009
4:00 PM
At Gray-Parker Funeral Home
100 E. Main St.
Port Jervis, NY 12771

Mrs. Rita Cross

Port Jervis, NY

Mrs. Rita Cross of Port Jervis, NY and a long time resident of the area died Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Bon Secours Community Hospital. She was 95.

She was born March 4, 1914 in White Mills, PA the daughter of the late Joseph Laurence and the late Alice Minerva Dorflinger Beilman.

In 1922 Rita moved to Port Jervis at the age of 8 with her parents from White Mills, PA. On May 19, 1940 she married the late Francis ‘’Bud’’ Cross who died on April 30, 1990.

In 1935 Rita graduated from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Port Jervis where she also worked for many years. Rita also worked as a nurse for Dr. Clare Kenney.

A family statement read: ‘’Rita was a loving Mother and Grandmother who will be dearly missed. Rita loved to share stories with family and friends about growing up in White Mills, her years as a nurse, and being a part of the Dorflinger family. Rita was very proud of her home that she lived in for 69 years, and all the family gatherings that were held there. During her lifetime she cared for and loved many animals but had a special place in her heart for cats.’’

Surviving are:
Son: Robert Cross & his wife Sheila of Albany, NY; 2 Daughters: Janet Dobbs of Port Jervis, NY and Linda DiPanni of New Canaan, CT. 2 Grandsons: Scott Dobbs & his wife Janet of Oak Ridge, NJ and Jason Dobbs & his wife Amanda of Sparrowbush, NY, 1 granddaughter: Lisa Dobbs of Port Jervis, NY. 4 great-grandchildren: Jonathan, Stephanie, Justin and Madison Dobbs.
Also 1 nephew and 2 nieces.
Predeceased Brother: Robert Beilman
Predeceased Son-In-Law: Harry ‘’Skip’’ Dobbs
Predeceased Son-In-Law: John DiPanni
Predeceased Sister-In-Law: Marjorie Heater

Friends may call at the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis on Sunday,
June 28, 2009 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 4:00 PM in Gray-Parker Funeral Home.

Private burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Port Jervis, NY.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Humane Society of Port Jervis / Deerpark, 202 Route 209, Port Jervis, NY 12771

Funeral arrangements are by the GRAY-PARKER FUNERAL HOME, 100 E. Main St., Port Jervis, NY 12771 845.856.5191 For additional information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit

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