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Rita (nee Giordano) passed on September 21, 2023.

Devoted wife of the late Salvatore “Sonny” Merlino.  Beloved mother of Joseph (Deborah) Merlino and Natalie (Joesph) Merlino Bonfiglio.  Grandmother of Nicolette, Sophia, and Salvatore.

Viewing Monday evening 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Stolfo Funeral Home, 2536 S. Broad St.  Also viewing Tuesday 9:00 – 10:30 am.  Funeral mass 11:00am at St. Monica Church, 17th and Ritner Sts.  Int. Holy Cross Cemetery.


  • Maryanne Marinello September 22, 2023 1:52 pm

    Rita was such a good friend to me. She will be greatly missed. Rita, It was great to know you and I was happy to know you. Love you ❤️

  • Marianne September 22, 2023 2:57 pm

    Rest in Peace, Rita…..you are now in ‘casino heaven’ with the rest of the girls.💚💚💚💚

  • Thom Marone September 22, 2023 3:56 pm

    Rest in peace, Rita. You’ll be sadly missed you were one of a kind. Give Sonny a hug for me. Love you.

  • Raymo September 22, 2023 4:58 pm

    Rita was as tough as they come God Bless her and me she rest in peace. My prayers are with Joey, Natalie and the girls

  • JoAnn Vacca September 22, 2023 6:45 pm

    Beautiful picture. Beautiful person and Friend. Will be missed by all!💔

  • John September 22, 2023 7:43 pm

    So sorry for your loss JOEY , Maria and Natalie. Rita was such a fun woman to be around. She will be missed.by many.
    John and Cheryl

  • Alyce Patrone Penna September 22, 2023 8:04 pm

    Soar now with the Angels, Rita…You so truly earned your Wings……We will miss you in Church on Sunday Mornings at Holy Spirit..🌹…

  • JC-New York September 23, 2023 2:09 am

    My condolences to the Merlino family.

  • DENISE SERPENTINE September 23, 2023 6:13 pm

    Rita was one of the kindest and strongest ever. She more than earned her place in heaven and is at peace now with the angels!

  • Devin September 23, 2023 8:29 pm

    Rita, I was just thinkinkg and wondering how you were doing yesterday. And I came into work today and heard the news. You will be missed by me and everyone at Aroma. Rest in Peace.

  • Jeanne September 23, 2023 11:48 pm

    A beautiful person is gone,knew you many years, good years,Rest in heaven Rita you deserve all the happiness that God has for you

  • Kim September 25, 2023 2:25 am

    Rita has always been there for me! I loved going out with her she always made me laugh. I miss you❤️

  • Anthony F. Merlino , Jr. September 25, 2023 3:10 am

    Sincere Condolences to the Merlino family.
    May Mrs. Merlino Rest in Eternal Peace 🙏🙏🙏

  • Linda poukish September 25, 2023 7:59 am

    So sorry for your loss . Rita was a great person and even greater neighbor don’t get people like that as neighbors like anymore. We love you Rita rest in pease ❤️🙏🏻❤️

  • Nancy Granatir September 25, 2023 3:50 pm

    Sending my condolences to Maria and Joey. Your mom was such a kind and special person to my family. She will be missed.

  • Christopher Marinello September 25, 2023 9:02 pm

    I love you, will miss you but never forget you. Make sure you give my father a hard time when you see him!

  • Jason William Mango September 26, 2023 10:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Merlino was a nice lady, I had a chance to speak with her when my father passed away in 2012. He was a florist in Southwest Philadelphia and knew Rita. May eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her. You are all in my prayers.

  • DURONN November 20, 2023 9:24 pm

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