Rita (Whelan) Fraser, 84, of North Andover died peacefully on March 27, 2012 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill. Rita was born and raised in Methuen the daughter of the late Frank and Floretta (Dawson) Whelan. Rita was a member of the North Andover Senior Center and was active with its bowling league. She also volunteered at the North Andover voting polls and at the Lawrence General Hospital. For many years, Rita was a waitress at the LANAM Club in Andover as well as other local restaurants. Rita is survived by her husband of 64 years Al Fraser of North Andover, children Christine Foster and husband Brendan of North Andover, Jean Buturlia and husband Joseph of Boxford, William Fraser of Methuen, James Fraser and wife Dawn of North Andover, Robert Fraser and wife Tammy of Lawrence as well as 11 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was also pre deceased by children John and Erin Fraser; sisters Mary Gebelein and Terry Gurley and her daughter in law Marcia Fraser.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends may call on Monday from 4 to 8 pm at the Conte Funeral Home, 17 Third Street, North Andover, MA 01845. A private funeral service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jimmy Fund, C–O Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168.
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