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BELMONT — Rita J. Sliva, 62, of Summit Drive, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, suddenly, after a long illness at Concord Hospital.

Rita was born on Nov. 21, 1956, in West Stewartstown, the daughter of the late Alfred J. Martineau and Laura (Baillargeon) Lafond. Rita worked for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for many years.

Rita enjoyed sewing, quilting, and gardening. She was also known for her sweet tooth.

Rita is survived by her husband of 35 years, Francis "Frank" Sliva; her daughter, Angela Sliva; and her sister, Claire Martineau.

Calling hours will be on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, using the Carriage House entrance.

For those who wish, memorial contributions in Rita's name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2 Commerce Drive, No. 110, Bedford, NH 03110.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial, go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.

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