Family Login:

Ryta  Ruth Smith
  • Notre Dame Health Care Center
    555 Plantation Street
    Worcester, MA 01605

Share This Obituary
Send Flowers
flowers logo


Memories & Candles

“We love you. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Pacek - Holden, MA

“Frank, Carolyn, Paul...My deepest sympathy to you and your families on your (our) loss. Ryta was a wonderful person who came into our lives just at...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: John (Fran) Smith - Ft Lauderdale, FL

“My deepest sympathies to Carolyn, Frank and Paul. Auntie Ryta will be missed. I'll forever cherish my childhood memories. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Janine Shively (Kubert) - FL

“Dear Carolyn,So sorry to read of the passing of your beautiful mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.Angela Casey--Shrewsbury,MA ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Angela Casey - Shrewsbury, MA

“Marge and Bill sorry for your loss. Kathleen Romano ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Kathleen Romano - Worcester, MA

“Dear Marge and Bill, Joe and I were so sorry to read of your loss. We send our sincere condolences and will keep you and your family in our...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Julie D'Andrea - Worcester, MA

“Dear Carolyn, Frank and Paul:Sending my sincerest sympathy on the loss of your dearest Mother and my loving couson. ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Rita Kapurch - Annapolis, Md.

“Paul and family~ I first met Ryta when I was in high schooland working at Ware Pratts. Eventually she joined me at the Worcester Court House. A...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Zona Towner - Shrewsbury, MA

“I have fond memories of my aunt she was always was so perfect never anything out of place. She was such a lady. Always loved going to her house as a...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Christine Davis - Leicester, MA


WORCESTER___ Ryta Ruth (Kubert) Kudarauskas Smith, 93, peacefully passed away on February 5,2016 after complications related to dementia at the Notre Dame Long Term Health Care Center Worcester.
Born in Worcester, to the late Vincent P. and Mary (Levickas) Kubertavicius. She was the youngest of three and graduated from Commerce High School in 1941. While raising her family, Ryta was employed as an office clerk at the Ware Pratt Men's Clothing Store and waitressed on weekends at Millbury Street Cafe, the family business. In 1984 she retired after serving 13 years as a clerk with the Massachusetts Trial Court (Worcester Division). She was a member of the Municipal Employees Association of Massachusetts. However, her most enduring legacy is reflective in her family, to whom she was selflessly and lovingly devoted, throughout her life.
Ryta was predeceased by her first husband of 29 years, Frank J. Kudarauskas and is survived by their children; Carolyn Pacek and her husband Leonard of Holden, Frank J. Kudarauskas and his wife Linda of Dennis, Paul R. Kudarauskas of Stow and his fiancé Marylu Sanchez. She is also predeceased by her second husband of 24 years, John Vincent Smith and is survived by his children; Margaret Benedict and her husband William of Harwichport, John Francis of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Suzanne Mallaghan and her husband Edward of Worcester, and Debora Smith of Londonderry, N.H. Rita has six grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She is also predeceased by her two brothers,Vincent W. and Peter Kubert, and survived by dozens of Kubert family nephews and nieces.
Ryta was raised in Our Lady of Vilna parish; the same parish which nurtured her deep Catholic faith, which ignited her long and industrious life of service to her family and neighbor. Blessed with many artistic talents, she lovingly shared them by volunteering to many parish causes. An accomplished seamstress, Ryta created altar cloths and liturgical vestments for priests throughout the diocese including St. Paul's Cathedral, where she taught sewing to inner city girls and for the former Calvary Monastery in Shrewsbury where she was also a veteran retreatant and officer in the women's guild. Upon her remarriage she moved to Our Lady of the Rosary parish where she continued her life of service by baking for the Mustard Seed.
In winter, Ryta was an avid skier and spent summers sharing her Cape Cod mobile home with family and friends. In her younger years, she and her family traveled by car throughout the USA and later on adventured to Europe. However, she gained most joy and accomplishment by accepting challenges in creating home decor, chic fine fabric and fur fashions for herself, family and friends, which were well showcased in her stylish wardrobe and self-decorated home, where she loved to entertain.
Upon the arrival of her grandchildren, Ryta refocused her loving energies and devoted herself to their endless care and personal support. She has been a pillar of endless faith-filled blessings as she nurtured and cherished them. They now describe Ryta as a beautiful, stylish, strongly independent, creative, courageous, thrifty, fun loving grace-filled Catholic woman of gratitude who will not be forgotten. Ryta 's precious legacy of vibrant Catholic faith continues on!
When dementia robbed her of independence, Ryta moved to Notre Dame du lac Assisted Living where she flourished once again in their Catholic compassionate care. Ryta's gracious beauty attracted her neighbor George Glodis, with a love lasting three and half years until dementia curtailed their beautiful friendship. Ryta transferred to Sterling Village until she entered the loving hospice program at Notre Dame Long Term Health Care Center where she spent her final days in comfort and dignity.
The funeral was held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 with a Mass at 10:30 am in the Chapel of Notre Dame du Lac, 555 Plantation St. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery. Calling hours were Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 8:30 am to 9:30 am in HENRY- DIRSA FUNERAL HOME, 33 Ward Street. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Notre Dame Healthcare Center, 555 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605.