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Rita Corsa Shipman Sturges
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Obituary for Rita Corsa Shipman Sturges

Rita (Corsa) Sturges, 96, of Middletown, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital. Born in Norwalk, CT, she was the daughter of the late C. Linsley and Anna (Banks) Corsa.

Rita was a graduate of Staples High School in Westport, CT and The McDowell School of Costume Design in New York, NY. Rita was a devoted mother and a talented seamstress.

Rita is survived by her son, Reed B. Shipman and partner, Ann Dow of Old Lyme; two daughters, Jane Burr Shipman Stickney and her husband, David of Higganum and Nona Corsa Shipman Pontiff and her husband, Marvin of Mount Pleasant, SC; four granddaughters; one step grandson and three great grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Rita was predeceased by her husbands, Horace F. Shipman and Daniel B. Sturges; a daughter, Beth Fanton Shipman; stepdaughter, Elaine Sturges and two sisters, Natalie Corsa Endean and Anne Corsa Scire.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, December 4 at 1:00 pm in Hillside Cemetery, 70 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rita’s memory may be made to Weston Historical Society, 104 Weston Road, Weston, CT 06883. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit

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Hillside Cemetery

70 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT 06897

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Hillside Cemetery

70 Ridgefield Road
Wilton, CT 06897


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