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Rita Ghostlaw

Rita E. Ghostlaw (Dow)

Tuesday, February 23rd, 1943 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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FORT COVINGTON- After a lengthy illness, Rita E. Ghostlaw, 76, of 41 Center Street, went to be with her Lord on Monday, July 15, 2019 at the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.

Rita was born on February 23, 1943 in Malone, daughter of late James and Viola (Moquin) Dow. She was a graduate of Salmon River Central School and Pauline’s Beauty School in Watertown. She married Bruce F. Ghostlaw on August 31, 1963 at St. Mary’s of the Fort Catholic Church. Bruce predeceased her on July 14, 2001.

Rita owned and operated Rita’s Beauty Shop in Fort Covington for over 50 years. As a hairdresser, she was active with NYS Hairdressers Association and founder of the Look Good Feel Better Program for cancer patients. She was a devout member of St. Mary’s of the Fort Catholic Church and quietly assisted in many church activities. Rita enjoyed antiques, always like to find a good deal at a flea market or garage sale, gardening, sewing, knitting, cooking and canning. She loved spending time with family and attending sporting events of her children and grandchildren.

Rita is survived by her three sons, Peter Ghostlaw and Debra Eggleston of Indian Lake; Paul and Beth Ghostlaw of Walpole, MA; Patrick and Lisa Ghostlaw of Fort Covington; her grandchildren, Samantha and Ted Conners; Ashley Ghostlaw; Bruce and Cayden Ghostlaw; and Hunter and PJ Ghostlaw; and one great grandchild Ivah Rose Conners.

She is also survived by her sisters, Patricia Brunet of Glen Walter, ON; and Michele and Yves Quenneville of Montreal, QC; and her brother Gerald and Claudette Dow of Syracuse.

In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was predeceased by her brother and sister-in-law, James and Barbara Dow; her sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and Tom Glasgow; and her brother-in-law, Rene Brunet.

Friends may call at St. Mary’s of the Fort Catholic Church on Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10:00 AM with Rev. John Looby celebrating. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fort Covington, at the convenience of the family.

Donations may be made in Rita’s memory to the Ft. Covington Volunteer Fire and Rescue or St. Mary’s of the Fort Catholic Church.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's of the Fort Catholic Church
    Address
    Burns-Holden Road
    FORT COVINGTON, NY 12937
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  • Second Visitation

    Friday, July 19th, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Friday, July 19th, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's of the Fort Catholic Church
    Address
    Burns-Holden Road
    FORT COVINGTON, NY 12937
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary's of the Fort Catholic Church
    Address
    Burns-Holden Road
    FORT COVINGTON, NY 12937
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Donna Richarfs-McCune

Posted at 01:49am
To the family of Rita Ghostlaw. I want to sent my sincerest condolences to the family. I'm sorry that I couldn't be there but I'm still housebound. Mrs. Dow gave me a chance and my first job in hairdressing. I worked with her and Rita and enjoyed every minute. I picked up so much and leaned so much for them. When I had to quit Rita and her Mom didn't want me to and told me that I was the first one that their customers like and had no complaints with my work (I had to do their customers when they weren't there). I have so many memories i could go on and on. Rita was not just a fellow hairdresser she was my friend above all else and was always there for me. May God sent his love and Blessings to each of you. May God Bless. With all my love and prayers always. Donna Richards-McCune
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Cindy Watson

Posted at 07:00pm
My condolences to the family, what a exceptional woman Rita was. She was so friendly to me while I served as postmaster of the Fort Covington past office. She will be sorely missed!
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Posted at 07:39am
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