Rita (Chenaille) Podsadowski

January 1, 1900 - April 10, 2013
Rita (Chenaille) Podsadowski thumbnail
Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home Light a candle Light a candle


Rita E. (Chenaille) Podsadowski passed away April 10, 2013 in Baystate Medical Center. Born in Ludlow December 13, 1926 daughter of the late Domina and Teresa (Charpentier) Chenaille. She was a graduate of St. John the Baptist School and St. Anne’s Academy. Rita was employed by the Town of Ludlow for 25 years, served the Board of Selectmen as a clerk, Senior clerk, as Town Collector and was the first Executive Director of the Ludlow Housing Authority. In 1966, the Annual Town Report, which was planned, compiled and arranged by Rita brought honor to the town in the form of a state award. In 1970, Rita held the distinct honor of being named The employee of the year and first runner up in the Massachusetts League of Cities and Towns. Rita served as a precinct member for many years, and was on committees for the town hall, the Bicentennial, and housing for the elderly. Rita was a Communicant of the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth, and a member of it Ladies of Ste. Anne, and the ladies Auxiliary of the Ludlow VFW Post 3236. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years Walter Podsadowski, a sister Teresa, and her brothers Maurice, Roland, and Francis Chenaille. She is survived by her beloved children her son Al Podsadowski and his wife Kathleen, their sons Samuel and Zachary, her cherished daughter Ann Gallano and husband Kenric, with whom she made her home with, their daughters Stefane Gershowitz and her husband Jay, and their two children Alexandria, and Samantha. Sandra Wainright and her husband Jason and their three children Anthony, Nathan, and Ava. A brother Albert Chenaille and his wife Mary. Sister in laws Lucy, Hilda, and Beverly Chenaille. Also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.

Independently owned and Operated Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home and Cremation With Confidence by Kapinos-Mazur Care For The Community Since 1932

Leave a Condolence

Service Schedule

Service Information

Funeral services celebrating her life will be Friday April 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM from the Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home 64 Sewall St. Ludlow followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial offered by the Catholic Community of St. Elizabeth in St. John the Baptist Church at 11 AM. Msgr. Homer P. Gosselin will preside. Rites of Committal will follow in Island Pond Cemetery.

Catholic Community of Saint Elizabeth
181 Hubbard Street
Ludlow, MA 1056


Life Event Timeline

Help tell the story of Rita (Chenaille) by contributing to the Life Event Timeline. Upload the photo of an event...

Post an Event

Timeline for Rita (Chenaille) Podsadowski

Born: January 1, 1900
Died: April 10, 2013

Condolences for Rita (Chenaille) Podsadowski

Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home

Our sincere condolences.

The staff of Kapinos-Mazur Funeral Home.


Linda Jo & Mel Gershowitz posted on 4/11/13

So sorry to hear of Rita's passing. She will be missed by us all. Enjoyed her company at our Son's house for parties w/the grandkids etc. She was a very smart lady and always very pleasant to everyone. God Bless u Rita. Love Linda Jo and Mel


Monkey posted on 5/3/13

I've been looking for a post like this foerevr (and a day)