Rita, who went by the name Kryos, passed away last night. Nobody knows exactly what happened. She wrote to me last night and said she had stayed home from work due to a migraine. They found she had passed out in the bathroom, hit her head pretty hard, and did not wake up.
Rita not only contributed to our boards, she was a CruiseMates staff member who contributed articles and a blogged on a regular basis. She will be missed a great deal.
Naturally, our prayers are with her family, especially her father who depended upon her. She is survived by a sister and a brother (I believe) and her father.
Rita had a Holland America 28-day cruise scheduled in October - roundtrip Los Angeles to Hawaii and Tahiti. She was really looking forward to it. She worked nights at the Philadelphia Inquirer and had her elderly father living with her. She had just received travel agent certification from Cruise Planners and wanted to start her own agency. She had gone to Florida and completed her training.
That is horrible news. My prayers go out to her family.
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I can't say much right now, only comfirm that this heartbreaking news is true. Rita is/was my dearest and closest friend. I just can't believe this we spoke on the phone for two hours last night. . I am in denial right now
I am absolutely crushed. I have just seen Paul's post.
I didn't ever meet Rita, but she and I had more than several extremely delightful and for me, educational telephone conversations. She was not only a skilled writer but an outstanding editor as well. We last cooperated on an article I wrote for this site concerning a new build.
May she be welcomed by the Angels and may the Lord provide to her family in their time of grief, only the peace that he alone can provide.
This is one of those situations where the unexpectedness of the situation blunts the reality. As the day goes on the more I miss her. She was such an asset to me, and I don't think most people know how much she did behind the scenes here.
Rita picked and posted the message and pictures of the day on the front page every day. She also read every reader review that would come in and often commented about them to me. We didn't talk on the phone every day, but I usually got anywhere from three to ten emails a day from her.
She did the layout of all the articles, and I actually have four articles yet to be published that she just wrote. She was such a hard worker, and she really knocked out a few topics in the last week because she said she felt obligated to do them.
I don't know if you guys know that she wrote copy for a web site where she got paid by the word, just about 5-cents or so, but she would do 10,000 words in a weekend. She wrote a book about sky-diving and she was interested in writing another book.
She was the kind of person who never pussyfooted around anything. If she wanted to do it she jumped in with both feet. As I said, she got her travel agent's certification from Cruise Planners (a very good outfit) which required flying to Florida for training. I also just heard she was going to court reporting school.
She smoked, you could hear the rattle in her voice when she talked. And she was only 53 years old, Jan. 16, 1956.
She took care of her dad all on her own, and he is about 95. He used to need hospitalization quite often.
The thing about her is that she always took everything in stride. She never, ever got mad about anything that I can remember. She complained sometimes but always in a kidding, very good natured way. And she could swear like a sailor when she wanted to, but not very often.
I swear, there is something about the early 50s age bracket. My brother passed away at 51. A lot of people seem to go at that age, and it is almost like if you can beat that you are home free for awhile.
Anyway - she wrote me an email at just 3:30 pm yesterday and I didn't get a chance to reply. She wrote and said she had a migraine and was taking off work.
Goodbye Rita. I hope you are now on a cruise ship to paradise. The only places you cared to go were warm and tropical. She was booked to go to Hawaii/Tahiti in October and she said "no Alaska for me, I don't care about that cold stuff."
Such sad news about Rita. We exchanged many emails before our cruise on the Ryndam to Hawaii/Tahiti in jan of this year. She was so helpful. She did such a wonderful "live" postings from her Statendam cruise last year. She will be sadly missed.
Condolences to her family.
NCL Dawn (Repo 14 nite) 11-1-09
RCCL Mariner of the Sea (Mexican Riviera) 4-18-10
Thanks Paul for the information. I find myself deeply saddened to hear of her sudden passing. She had so much information on the boards and I enjoyed reading her perspective. I've been quiet here for awhile but it's just me. We'll miss her.
Our thoughts and prayers to her family, it so sad. Rita had just spoken to me last week on the phone excited about an article she had written about our son Dan (former cruisemates teen editor), she took much interest in how he was developing on his passion for cruising, we had planned a future phone interview. She seemed like a truly caring person. I am sure many have fond memories of her and those should be cherished. We really have no idea how long our lives are and should all remember that its really about our character that people remember and not our possesions.