I remember hanging out w/Rita @Saatchi (NYC ad agency) one day & we played “where upstate is ur county home?” She said it’s a very small town, you would never have heard of it, i said try me, Delaware County, I know it, near Oneonta, I know it, near Delhi, I went to HS there, actually it’s DeLancey, I was born & raised there, my Dad is ur Post Master & Gus lives next door to you. We had a good laugh over that. Rita was talented & fun. Rest In Peace Deborah Newkerk
My fond memories…..
I will always remember..
all the good times we've had together, especially our star gazing nights on the corner of Devere and Cresthaven Drive at 2 am ; skipping school (especially during our senior year); crashing parties; dancing and 'singing' along to the Beetles and Motown; your intimate instructions on how to :insert a tampon, shave my legs and pluck my eyebrows - such important girly skills that I learned from you!! You were a trendsetter in so many ways!! I worked with you at the clandestine Navy newspaper - collecting money for ads that I don't think were ever published! Watching you getting picked up in the limo by Sergio Mendes?
I keep picturing your large bedroom in the lower level and the low couches in the family room area where we would wait for you to wake up or come out of your room. My memories also include your mom in the kitchen and baking her wonderful black and white pound cake that we all devoured!
Of course, thanks to your Mom, we were given our group namesake, the ‘Ambuuushes’ - (as a result of some of us never identified) ‘making out’ in the bushes at your parent’s home. The parents meeting to discuss how ‘bad’ we were and Carol getting grounded! We also adopted the cologne Ambush as our signature scent (how sweet it is!). We were a gang of girls who knew how to have fairly innocent fun back in the day!!
Visiting you in Israel, while you and Linda were at the Mercaz. Such adventures! What a ‘trip’!!!
Our most recent reunions brought even greater laughs! And finally, our year of zoom calls that brought all of us back together again. A blessing in disguise!!
We are all with you in spirit and know that you are watching and laughing with us.
I will miss you, Rita.
I am devastated by this news. My sincere condolences to the Silvestri/Senders family. I adored Rita. No one else could make me laugh the way she did. I will remember her always.
My deepest condolences to Rita's family. We were roommates in the early 1970's. Rita had more energy, pizazz and guts than anyone I knew (or have known since.) On the spur of the moment she quit her job and spent the next month redecorating the house before pursuing her real interest and talent, advertising. I have so many fond memories and am so saddened by her death.
Jackie Abelman Cohen
We are so sorry for your loss. Rita was such a spirited, unique, full of passion woman. She will be in your heart, memories and loved.
So sorry to hear of your loss. Rita was always a joy to be around, and lit up every room with her intelligence, style and passion. My thoughts are with you and your family. Matt Sherring
Phil and Family ..So sorry for your loss... Rita was a very fun, passionate person who made us all smile, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all...Much Love and Peace... Joe and Karen Gieger
We are so saddened by Rita's passing. She was a very loving, compassionate, generous and colorful woman who tackled everything, even the simple things, with a lot of passion. She was a little woman in stature who lived very large in life. We will never forget the many family gatherings and holiday dinners over the years and many conversations, some funny, heated, and the simple things of everyday living. You will be greatly missed Rita at all our family gatherings and at the farm sitting on your back porch or the family house enjoying a cocktail and the beauty all around us. Rest In Peace Rita, we love you.
Donna & John Moore
sister-in-law & brother-in-law
We can’t believe our Ambush sister has left us. We are so lucky to have had her in our lives for 60 years!! We shared our adolescence & so many other wonderful occasions together especially in the last few years. She will always be in our thoughts & hearts :Helene,Faye, Linda,Carol,Karen & Pam
I will always remember Rita's big smile, her friendliness and interest in those she was interacting with. She was a unique individual who will be missed by her family & friends. We find comfort knowing she is reunited with Nick, her parents, her father-in-law and is pain free at last. Rememer the happy times shared with her and her ready smile.
Joanne Fantry - sister of Kristen Silestri.