Marlborough – Mary Rita (Bliss) Voyta, 89, died Sunday, Jan.29, 2012 at MetroWest Medical Center of Framingham after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late Louis J. Voyta, who died in 1990.
She leaves her children, Catherine M. Hatfield and her husband Richard of Acton, John C. Voyta and his wife Martha Kilcoyne of Sudbury, Jane M. Voyta and her spouse Dawn M. Petersen of Hudson, and Patricia A. (Carr) Calabrese and her husband Steven of Nantucket; six grandchildren, Theodore S. Calabrese,.,Jacob M. Chatfield, Gregory K. Voyta, Michael C. Hatfield, Carolyn K. Voyta, and Lucas R. Chatfield of Hudson; one great-granddaughter, Reese E. Calabrese; a sister, Katherine “Honey” “Kay” Brodeur of Marlborough; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family members. She was the sister of the late Helen Krouse of Northborough.
Born in Marlborough, daughter of the late Charles A. and Alice M. (Mulhall) Bliss, she was a lifelong resident of the city. She was a 1940 graduate of Marlborough High School and was a class officer.
Mrs. Voyta worked for several years as a bookkeeper for the Fenwal Corp. of Ashland. She also worked at the former Golden's Department Store on Main Street in Marlborough for many years during the Christmas holiday season, but, most of all, she was known as “the cookie lady” by all the students for over 15 years at the cafeteria at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School. For over 25 years, she worked at the Ward 6 polling place during city elections and national elections.
She was a member and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion of Marlborough. IN addition, she was a member and past president of the former Ace of Clubs of Marlborough, a former Girl Scout troop leader, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church. She was one of the original organizers during the 1950s and 1960s for the American Cancer Society, going door to door in Marlborough to collect donations.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 a.m., from the John P. Rowe Funeral Home, 57 Main St., Marlborough, with a Mass at 9 a.m. in the Immaculate Conception Church, 11 Prospect St., Marlborough. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery. Calling hours at the funeral home are Thursday, Feb. 2, from 4 to 8 p.m.
Those who wish may make memorial donations to either the Our Danny Cancer Fund, UMass Foundation, P.O. Box 795 Worcester, MA 01613 or to Household Goods Recycling of Mass Inc (HGRMINC), 530 Main St., Acton, MA 01720.