Rita May Bourgeois (Amirault), 79, of Middleton, MA
passed away peacefully at her home with her
children by her side on Friday, November 22nd
following a brief illness.
Rita was born and raised in Lynn, MA and was the
youngest of four. She graduated from Saint Jean
Baptiste High School in Lynn.
Rita married the love of her life, Ron Bourgeois in
August of 1961. They remained happily married and
in love for 56 years.
Rita was a hard-working woman who worked as a
machinist at Fairview Machine, and later with Ron
at their own business, Burgess Machine in
Every fall Rita enjoyed making her famous pickles
from an old family recipe. She was also skilled at
crochet and needlepoint and has left us with many
beautiful pieces. Rita was known to enjoy playing a
few hands of video poker on occasional trips to Las
Vegas, Atlantic City and Foxwoods.
Rita is survived by her daughter Lisa Bourgeois
and partner Jim Willis, her son Peter Bourgeois,
her brother Paul Amirault, several nieces and
nephews, her dear friends, and her two favorite
cats Rose and Peaches. She is predeceased by her
husband Ronald Bourgeois, her sisters Martha
Saunders and Marie Thedford, her nephew Dana
Thedford, her parents Gene and Rosalie Amirault
and her infant son Kenny Bourgeois.
Rita’s family would like to thank her kind and
helpful neighbors and friends and the Care
Dimensions staff who helped honor her wish to
remain at her home until the end. We are forever
A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, December
5th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Church in Middleton. To which all are kindly invited. There are no visiting hours.