Marita J. Pitstick

November 9, 2023
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Marita Pitstick Obituary


Marita J. Pitstick, 83, passed away November 9th, 2023 surrounded by family.

Born in Celina, Ohio, she graduated from the Good Samaritan School of Nursing and the University of Dayton and was a pediatric nursing instructor for over 30 years. Marita taught students at Good Samaritan in Dayton, Northwest State Community College in Archbold, Akron University, and Akron Children's Hospital. She was a highly respected educator and mentor for hundreds of future nurses.

Marita was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She worked tirelessly to ensure her loved ones were cared for and comfortable, helping to make their hopes and dreams come true through her fervent devotion and love.

She loved to travel and took immense joy in seeing new places including several trips around the States and Europe. Among her favorite locations was Ocean Isle Beach, NC; Marita and her family enjoyed annual trips to the ocean where countless happy memories were made. She also loved traveling out west and visiting many of the national parks.

Marita will be remembered for her unwavering kindness, sincere caring, and wonderful, irreverent wit. She was warm and caring to everyone she met and was always thankful and gracious in her every interaction. This incredible woman was also very spiritual and prayed often. She and her husband, Gene, were involved in Marriage Encounter where they made several dear lifelong friends. She loved music, dogs, flowers, being outdoors (watching birds especially), and was an avid reader. People, however, were her biggest passion. Marita made friends wherever she went because of her authentic interest in others. When someone was in conversation with Marita, she focused on that person and no one else, allowing the rest of the world to fall away. She epitomized the concept of “active listening”, and listened with her whole self.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Homer Hinders, siblings, Mary Rutledge, John Hinders, Urban Hinders, Louise Hinders, Margaret Hinders, and Joe Hinders, and son-in-law, John Turner. Additionally, brothers and sisters-in-law, Dick Rutledge, Jean Hinders, Virginia Hinders, Mercy Hinders, Barbara (Pitstick) Monnin, Joan (Pitstick) Aldridge and John Seavey, and nephews, John Seavey and Chris Pitstick.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Pitstick, her children; Marie (Turner) Owens, Joe (Patty) Pitstick, Brett (Violet) Pitstick, and Anne (Emmett) Keller, grandchildren; Laurel (Dwayne), Emma (Lenny), Claire, Johnathan, Julia, Anna, Alana, Maksim, Arden and Ambrose, and great-grandchild, Archie. Additionally, she is survived by her brothers-in-law, Butch Pitstick and Don Alridge, and her sisters-in-law, Doris Hinders and Teresa Pitstick, and many adoring nieces, nephews, and friends. She will be greatly missed by many people.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff and residents of The Gardens at Cuyahoga Falls.

Additionally, the family would like to thank the staff of Western Reserve Hospital for their incredibly professional, compassionate, and gentle care of Marita.

Calling hours will be at Saint Hilary Parish, 2450 W. Market Street, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333 on Tuesday, November 14th at 10:30. A funeral mass will be held at 11:30 followed by a luncheon. If you are unable to attend the services, we invite you to tune in virtually via St. Hilary’s website,

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November 14, 2023

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
St. Hilary Catholic Church
2750 W. Market St
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333

Mass of Christian Burial
November 14, 2023

11:30 AM
St. Hilary Catholic Church
2750 W. Market St
Fairlawn, Ohio 44333


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