Rita J. Czaja, Janesville, WI (1952 - 2014)
May 24, 1952 – August 19, 2014
Rita Czaja, age 62, of Janesville, passed away Aug. 19, 2014, at home. She was born May 24, 1952, in Chicago, IL, the daughter of John and the late Loretta Czaja. Rita graduated from West Leyden High School in Northlake, IL. She graduated magna cum laude from Bowling Green State University, OH, with a BS in accounting and information systems. Rita was a CPA, working at Deloitte & Touche and Montgomery Ward in Chicago. After obtaining a Ph.D. in accounting from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, Rita taught at Michigan State University, Lansing, MI; Northern Kentucky University, outside of Cincinnati, OH; and the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, WI. She was a long-time member of the American Society of Women Accountants and a past president of the Chicago chapter (1982-1984). After retiring, Rita volunteered at the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville, WI, which blossomed into a job she loved. She enjoyed travel, photography, flowers, gardening, decorating her home, making jewelry, and baking bread. Rita cared deeply about her relationships as well as her work and other projects and worked ceaselessly to do her best to excel at them.
Rita is survived by her father, John Czaja; twin sister, Sally (Bob) Schoenfeld of Whitehouse Station, NJ; a brother, Stephen (Edi) Czaja of Broadview, IL; and beloved friend, Marlene Denson of Janesville, WI.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Rotary Botanical Gardens would be appreciated. At her request, funeral arrangements will be private.
Special thanks to family and friends for their prayers and compassion, and to Home Instead and Heartland Hospice for their care in Rita’s final weeks.