Obituary: Rita Spiegel Marokko

Obituary: Rita Spiegel Marokko

Rita Spiegel Marokko, 99, passed away on June 11, 2024, in Atlanta.

Rita Spiegel Marokko, 99, passed away on June 11, 2024, in Atlanta.
She is predeceased by her husband, Eugene, and sister, Teddy Haber. Survivors include her nephews, Michael Haber (Rose), Martin Haber (Wayne), great-niece, Erin Bagen (Ethan), great-nephew, Jeff Haber (Allison) and four great-great nieces.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Rita’s early career was in interior design and lighting. She became an elementary school teacher as a second career at Governors Island Coast Guard Station in New York harbor, taking a ferry to and from work every day. She retired to Canaan, N.Y., with her husband where they enjoyed nature and country life in contrast to years in the Big Apple.

Rita eventually moved to Atlanta to be near family and started an entirely new phase of her life. She traveled extensively with her sister. Her concern for others led her to become a child advocate for kids in the foster-care system. Her ceaseless energy and thirst for knowledge led to a wide range of pursuits such as classes, theater, lectures, and other forms of arts and learning.

Rita was a strong advocate for literacy and phonics. She taught reading to kids with a range of learning abilities. In her quest for learning and sharing, she was known for clipping articles of interest to share with family and friends.

Rita will be remembered for her independence, strength, and strong will. Everyone that knew her recognized her perseverance and pursuit of the betterment of herself and those around her.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Weinstein Hospice Atlanta and are appreciated. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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