Rita Hendershot, age 79 of Hope, NJ, passed away on Monday, November 21st, 2022, at Hack-ettstown Medical Center.
Born to the late Theodore and Elizabeth (Vahaly) Vanderwerf, Rita grew up in Hamburg and was a 1961 graduate of Hamburg High School where she participated in cheerleading and school plays. She was a member and former president of the Hamburg Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary. She briefly lived in Pine Island, NY, during her first marriage to John Barczak, Sr.
Throughout her life, Rita worked as an LPN at Franklin Hospital and Sussex Hospital. She also worked at familiar local establishments such as The Ye Jolly Onion Inn (owned by Vince & Polly Kosuga) in Pine Island, NY and The Wayside Inn (owned by Steve Szorka) in McAfee, NJ.
She was also a devout member of the Frankford Plains United Methodist Church where she would always make her famous ‘wacky cake’ (a chocolate cake that strangely includes vinegar!)
In 2008, Rita moved to Forest Manor in Hope, NJ where she made many close friends and was the Residents Council President for several years.
Predeceased by her parents and stepfather, Kenneth Fuller, her second husband of 28 years, Evan E. Hendershot, and older brother, Ted Vanderwerf. Rita is survived by her loving children, John Barczak, Jr. of St. Louis, MO; Kelly Barczak Morgiewicz and her husband David, of Ham-burg; Justine Hendershot Lynn and her husband Sean, of Franklin; David Hendershot and his wife Miriam, of Lilesville, NC; her grandchildren: Dawn, Evan, and Sarah Hendershot; Cagney and Delaney Conner; Mackenzie, Haylie, and Rylie Lynn; Jimmy and Julie Sanders; and her de-voted younger brother, Kenneth “George” Fuller.
Visitation for Rita will be held on Monday, November 28th, 2022, 10AM-12 Noon at the F. John Ramsey Funeral Home, One Main Street, Franklin, NJ 07416. The funeral will take place at 12 Noon at the funeral home; burial in the North Hardyston Cemetery will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Forest Manor Health Care Center, 145 State Park Road, Blairstown, NJ 07844. Online condolences may be offered through www.fergusonfuner-alhomesnj.com