Rita Jo Palmrose

02/28/1948 — 01/19/2023

From Richland, WA

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Celebration of Life

Sat, February 18, 2023, 1:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352


Sat, February 18, 2023, 2:00 pm
Events at Sunset
915 Bypass Highway

Richland, WA 99352

Rita Jo Palmrose

Rita Jo Palmrose, 74, passed away on January 19, 2023, in Richland, WA. She was born on February 28, 1948, in Los Angeles County, CA, to Dr. Benjamin and Mildred Klaumann. At a young age, she had her first open heart surgery to repair the mitral valve on her heart. In 1966, she graduated from North Hollywood High School. She then went on to attend the University of Oregon at Eugene, OR, where she met her husband, Steven Palmrose.

They married on September 27, 1970, in North Hollywood, CA, honeymooned in Arizona near the Grand Canyon, and then spent two years in Germany together during Steven’s Army service. After he was discharged from the Army, she supported him while he pursued his BS degree at Oregon State University, and after his graduation, they moved to Los Angeles together. While in Los Angeles, they spent a great deal of time with her parents and her sister’s family and had their first son Michael.

The family then moved to the Phoenix area of Arizona where they had their second son Gregory. During this time, she had her second open heart surgery to repair her mitral valve again. After recovering from the surgery, the family moved to Kennewick, WA, where Rita started her own company selling candles and accessories. It was at this time that she experienced a significant stroke that stole much of the function on her left side. In the 1980’s, the family moved to Denver, CO, where she continued to raise her family and had a third open heart surgery where her mitral valve was replaced with an artificial valve. In the 1990’s, Steven and Rita moved again, this time to Oak Ridge TN. Her last move with her husband was to Richland WA in 2004.

Rita was best known for her incredible resiliency despite numerous health issues, her participation in local organizations such as PEO, Red Hat, and Hand-and-Foot, her strong liberal political views, and her immense love for her family. She had a lifelong love of animals and had a substantial collection of stuffed bears. She loved family trips where she spent time with her sons and her three granddaughters, and also loved spending time with her local friends.

Rita is survived by Steven Palmrose – husband, Michael Palmrose – son, Gregory Palmrose – son, and her sister Bennie. She is preceded in death by Benjamin Klaumann – father and Mildred Klaumann – mother.

The Celebration of Life service for Rita Jo Palmrose will be held on Saturday, February 18th at 1:00 PM at Einans at Sunset Funeral Home.

Memorial donations can be made in Rita’s name to any charity of choice.

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  • I have so many treasured memories of our times together in middle school, high school and Job’s Daughters. Rita’s warmth and grace personified her existence, and I will miss her. I am so glad we reconnected through Zoom due to COVID. It was the best thing to come out of the pandemic.

    Beth Cann
    February 18, 2023
    Menifee, CA
  • Aunt Rita, I always loved it when our families came together. They are some of my favorite memories. You were always kind and loving to everyone. Thank you for the memories and the love you shared.

    Samantha Palmrose
    February 18, 2023
    Salisbury, MD
  • Rita! I will always remember how caring you were for me as a kid. You made life so carefree and fun. Thank you for always being so loving and thoughtful. I love you and hope you are at peace. Miss you more than words can say. Love you Rita- Sarah p

    Sarah palmrose
    February 18, 2023
  • Rita you were the most amazing aunt and a dear sister in law. You were the highlight of our childrens family, always the one they requsted to see or inquire about. You will be missed, but forever remembered and cherished for the love, light, and laughter that was you.

    Katherine M palmrose
    February 18, 2023
    Gaithersburg, MD
  • I treasure the memories of Rita during our days of public school and Jobs Daughters.

    Melinda McCleery Lindsey
    February 18, 2023
    Boise, Idaho
  • To my one and only beloved sister Rita I was so proud to be your sister! You were so smart and loved by many. I will miss you❤️ I love you dearly.
    Bennie Sue

    February 8, 2023
  • Steve and family. I am so saddened to hear of Rita’s death. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Rita was a loving, caring person, loved her family beyond words always looking forward to visits with the grand girls. She will be missed by so many.

    Nancy Russell
    January 30, 2023
    Kennewick, WA
  • My dear Aunt Rita 🌺 I will cherish all the memories I have with you and carry you in my heart❤️

    With love,

    Sherie Kidwell
    January 27, 2023
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