Rita M. Metzger

Born: 06/13/1931 Passed:

Rita M. Metzger, 89, of North Canton; loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at home from natural causes. Rita was born June 13, 1931 in Louisville to the late Leon S. and Marie B. (Schoeppner) Hoover.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in North Canton. A 1949 graduate of Louisville High School, she was a homemaker and worked at Sacred Heart of Mary School.

She is preceded in death by her husband James, who she married on January 3, 1953; brothers, Richard Hoover, Laverne Hoover, Ronald Hoover and Kenneth Hoover; sisters, Catherine Teolis, Patricia Strain and Monica Eshelman.

Rita leaves behind daughters, Joan Houck of North Canton, Jean (George) Swaney of East Canton, Jane (Dewey) Wise of Massillon, Janet Wells of Wadsworth, Karen Metzger of East Canton and Linda (Duane) Porter of East Canton; sons, Ed (Debbie) Metzger of Louisville, Dale (Ruth) Metzger of Marlboro, Alan Metzger of Canton and Russ (Kathy) Metzger of Canton; sister, Joan Hoover of Canton; brother, Eugene (Mary) Hoover of Louisville; sisters-in-law, Martha DeGreef of Louisville, Catherine Hoover of Canal Fulton , Beatrice Martin of Canton, Shirley Metzger of Louisville, Frances Metzger of Louisville and Patricia Metzger of Louisville; fifteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

A private Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for the immediate family at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in North Canton with Rev. Fr. Keener officiating.  Interment will be in Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery in Harrisburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mercy Hospice Memorial.


5 Tributes to Rita M. Metzger

  1. Sherry (Schillig) Sarver says:

    I remember your mom! She was a wonderful person! I am so sorry to hear of her passing! May God’s joy and peace be with you and your wonderful memories!

  2. Carol Vollmer says:

    Rita was one of the nicest ladies I have known. Her smile and kindness will never be forgotten. I met her at the St Paul’s quilting group. She will be in my heart and prayers. RIP Rita

  3. Pam Zorger Lewis says:

    Hello. I remember Jim and Rita and most of the kids so much. We all lived in Harrisburg. Lots of fond memories for everyone. I am so very sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

  4. John & Audi Kress says:

    Jim and Rita were respected and well known at the Sacred Heart of Mary church and school as well as in the town of Harrisburg. Rita was always smiling and had a friendly hello. I’m sure your family will miss her greatly. We are sorry for your loss.

  5. Kevin M. Brewer says:

    Ed, I’m sorry to here about the passing of your mother. Remember the love, guidance and memories she instilled in you and your brothers and sisters and keep them close to your heart. I will keep her in my prayers. So sorry for your loss.

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