TORRINGTON – Rita Gilda Menegus Bayette, 85, died May 6, 2022, to enter Heaven’s Gate to reunite with her beloved family members.

She was born in Torrington on September 22, 1936. Her parents, Annastasia Fiori Menegus and Bartolo Menegus, emigrated to Torrington from San Vito di Cadore in northern Italy. They created a beautiful family on the west end of Torrington where they raised their five children. Rita was predeceased by siblings, Katherine Persechino, Mary Amrich and Joseph and Angelo Menegus.

Her playful husband, Robert C. Bayette died in 2005. They were married in 1958 at St. Peter’s Church by Msgr. Botticelli. They remained married for 47 years, residing in Torrington and raising their five children, Robert R. Bayette of Torrington, Ann Marie Peters-Grohs and her husband James of Harwinton, Christine Moscarillo and her partner, Thomas Villanova, of New Hartford, James Bayette of Morris, and was sadly predeceased by her youngest, Gerald Bayette, formerly of Bath, NH

Rita graduated from Torrington High School in 1955 and later married Robert in 1958. Her yearbook lists that she was always laughing and talking, which were her specialties, and lasted throughout her life. Nobody ever saw Rita when she wasn’t happy. She was always sincere and kind to everyone she met, especially children.

As well as raising her children, she also worked at The Torrington Company for nearly 30 years before retiring in 1999. She enjoyed her co-workers and it was a pleasant place to work for many area residents. The friendships she made there continued long after her retirement and she benefited immensely.

Rita’s favorite hobbies, her passion, were spending quality time with her grandchildren, Michael, Benjamin and Robert Bayette, EJ and Jeffrey Peters, and Angelo and Joseph Moscarillo. His great-grandchildren were an added bonus in life; she cherished and spoiled Trey, Gunnar and Easton Bayette, and Elijah Peters as often as she could. Other family members who were dear to her were Kathleen Persechino, Janice Eucalitto Bayette and Clair, Alexis and Evelyn Villanova. She blew them away with her home cooking, especially her Italian specialties. The family favorite was their spaghetti sauce and all day cooked meatballs. She excelled in making pies, cookies, cakes and cupcakes. She would bake literally hundreds of cookies for Christmas, bringing them to her family, friends and neighbors.

Rita was very good at knitting, crocheting and embroidery. She knitted her beloved grandchildren by donning hats, mittens, slippers and sweaters. Her needlework was admired by all and is now cherished by her family.

She was very religious and a regular parishioner of St. Francis Church. She prayed for all in need and said the Rosary every night, and of course, during UConn and New York Giants women’s basketball games. Her love of football comes from the fact that she and Bob spent 17 years in the Torrington Midget football program. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play all sports and recently enjoyed watching Trey play football for Torrington High.

She was blessed to have spent the past six months in the loving and watchful care of her daughters, Ann and Christine, and to live in Ann and Jim’s home, which gave her comfort, love and joy for his last days. The family would also like to give special thanks to the Hospice nurses and orderlies, who assisted them at Ann’s home throughout Rita’s journey home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 11 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Church, 160 Main Street, Torrington. Entombment will follow at St. Peter’s Mausoleum. Friends may call before Mass from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Phalen Funeral Home. phalenfuneral.com