Rita Haggerty


Rita M. Haggerty, 79, Greenwood, passed away Thursday, June 11, 2015.

She was born July 6, 1935, in Bloomington, Illinois, to Albert and Ruby (Jenkins) Stuart.

Early in her career, she worked at the library of the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis. There she met her future husband, Jay B. Haggerty, who was attending law school. She married Jay in 1954.

She worked as a legal secretary for her husband and his brother, Judson F. Haggerty, when they started their practice in 1955. She left full-time employment in 1956 to rear her children.

In 1974, she began working at the Marion County Superior Court Criminal Division for the honorable Judge Andrew Jacobs Sr. Later she moved to the Marion County Probate Court and was court reporter for the honorable Judge Victor S. Pfau and following his passing, worked for the honorable Charles Deiter. She served as the court reporter for Special Judge James Harris during the Tony Kiritsis trial. She retired as the Marion County Probate Court administrator in 1999.

Rita was an avid bridge player and poker player.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Jay B. Haggerty, in 2010; sister, Wilma Martz; brothers, John Stuart and Harold Stuart.

Rita is survived by her children, Jay (Maria), Jan Waymire (Thorne), Joy Haggerty-Adams, Jon (Tammi Forster); and 11 grandchildren, Andrea, Lindsey, Ryan, Rex, Leslie, Rosser, Ian, Olivia, Andrew, James and Luke. Rita also is survived by many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted on her birthday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. July 6, 2015, in the meeting room/bistro of Greenwood Village South, 295 Village Lane. Visitation will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with a service from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to the National Parkinson Foundation, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018, parkinson.org, or the New World Youth Orchestras Inc., 32 E. Washington St, Suite 950, Indianapolis, IN 46204, nwyso.org.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at orileyfuneralhome.com.