Rita Day


Rita L. Day, 91, a resident of Davenport, went to her heavenly Father on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf.

Funeral services and a Mass of Christian Burial for Rita will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov.10, 2010 at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, 4105 N. Division St., Davenport. Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home with a prayer service.

Rita was born at her parent’s home on the farm in East Pleasant Plain, Iowa on July 14, 1919, a daughter of Frank and Bertha (Fritz) Pacha. At the age of 18, Rita came to Davenport to attend business school. Here she met Harold Day, of Centerville, Iowa and they were wed on July 31, 1937. Their union produced four children.

Rita worked for Palmer College of Chiropractic, J.I. Case Company, Bendix Aviation, and retired from Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. After the death of her husband in 1987, Rita made several trips to Medjugorje in honor of our Blessed Mother, and until she could no longer drive, she attended Mass on a daily basis.


Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, EWTN, or Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House.

Rita loved her family and never missed an opportunity to be with them. She is survived by three children, 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren, all of whom will miss her very much. Her children, Karon DeCock-Husted (Charles); Jim Day (Mary); Ronald Day (Patrice); grandchildren, Dennis Mecum (Vicki); Dave DeCock (Sally); Wendy Bradbury (Jim); Debra Brockington (Guy); Cindy Polus (Dan); Patrick DeCock (Marshan); Terry Day; Tricia Day; Anita DeCock Knox; and Kevin Day; great-grandchildren, Caitlin Mecum, Matthew Brockington, Allison Brockington, Tammy Berry, Matthew Polus, Jaimie Polus, Danielle Day, Devin Day, Mallory Day, Andrew Day, Lily Day, and Jennifer Day; great-great-grandchildren, Kaylee Day and Mike Berry; a sister, Kathleen Vasen; a brother, Gene Pacha (Doloris); and many nieces nephews and cousins.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Harold, daughter, Jacqueline Mecum, sons-in-law, Donald Mecum and Donald DeCock; a sister, Lucille Day, and a brother, James Pacha. May they rest in peace. Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed by visiting Rita’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

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