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Rita Imholz

9/29/2021

Rita Imholz, a lifelong resident of Orange County and forty years plus resident of Warwick, NY, passed away on September 29, 2021. Born in Middletown, NY, she was the oldest daughter of the late Berchman John and Rita (nee Johnson) Imholz. Rita was married to Dr. Eugene Tomosivitch for many years.

 
Throughout her life, Rita had a passion for photography, painting, fitness, fashion, skiing, and travel. She was able to see beauty in everyday life, often stopping, to her family and friends’ chagrin, to set up impromptu photo shoots of flowers, landscape and even garden insects. Her photographs included many Warwick area landscapes and now hang on the walls in several Warwick businesses as artwork. During the 90’s, Rita turned her passion into a business. She was the owner and photographer at Apple Valley Photo in Warwick, NY.

 
Professionally, Rita was an admired and trusted clinical social worker / psychotherapist for many years with the Orange County Department of Social Services and Orange County Department of Mental Health and more recently at The Center for Stress Reduction in Goshen, NY. Rita worked tirelessly during COVID to serve her patients and took pride in her ability to learn new digital skills that enabled her to treat her patients safely, virtually. She was an advocate and champion to help make mental health issues understood and acceptable to talk about openly.

 
However, Rita’s proudest life achievement was her three sons. She is survived by her three sons: Bryan Tomosivitch and his wife Miranda of Middletown, NY; Matthew Tomosivitch and his wife Nina of Mooresville, NC and Christopher Tomosivitch and his wife Jennifer of Needham, MA. Rita was a loving grandmother to Leila, Louis, Ted, and Annie; and loyal friend and confidant to her dear sister Edwyna Alexander of Santa Fe, NM. She was also very blessed to have friends, cousins, and other extended family who have been loyal supporters throughout her life, many of whom were involved in her care over the last few months. We thank them for their unflinching love. Everybody loved Rita.

 
Rita was one of the most unintentionally funny people you’ve ever met, with a wry and dry sense of humor. Her family will fondly remember her routine Sunday night phone calls and thoughtful care packages throughout the year to celebrate the holidays. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

 
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on October 4th at Rita’s parish, St. Stephen RC Church, 75 Sanfordville Road, Warwick.

 
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a cause near and dear to Rita’s heart, Catholic Charitiies, 1011 First Avenue, 11th floor, New York, NY 10022 or online at cccsos.org.

 

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Rita was a member of our gym, Straub's Fitness for many years. We were shocked to hear of her passing. She was a true fitness enthusiast and always one to stop and chat. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to her family. She will be missed!
Joe and Trish Straub
10/11/2021
May her boys find solace knowing that Rita is at peace in the loving arms our Lord and Savior.
COL (Ret) Chuck Toomey
10/4/2021
I am so sad to hear about Rita. I met her several times when she would come down to Texas to see Edwyna and John and Jessie and Kate. She was a thoroughly lovely person, so concerned for everyone. My love and condolences to all her family and loved ones. Carol Southwick
Carol Hunter Southwick
10/3/2021
I am so sad to hear about Rita. I met her several times when she would come down to Texas to see Edwyna and John and Jessie and Kate. She was a thoroughly lovely person, so concerned for everyone. My love and condolences to all her family and loved ones. Carol Southwick
Carol Hunter Southwick
10/3/2021
I worked at the Department of Mental Health when Rita worked there. Although I did not work directly with Rita we attended the same professional functions at work and also social functions. Yes,Rita was the most unintentionally funny person . She had a ,wonderful sense of humor and she was a joy to be with. She kept me I stitches of laughter when I was in her company and even afterward when I would think of something that she said or did. Although I have not had contact with Rita for many years I remember her fondly! She was always so proud of her sons! May she Rest In Peace.
RosemaryGordon
10/1/2021
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