Rita Eisman


Eisman, Rita, 85, of Warwick, RI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 10, 2018 with her family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving A. Eisman, daughter of the late Fannie (Brandwein) and Samuel Schweitzer of Brooklyn, New York, and sister of the late Myra Ellen Cooke. Rita is survived by her two daughters Sharon and Bonnie Eisman, both of Warwick, her incredibly devoted dog Goody (aka Goomba), and two feathered family members, Oscar and Felix, who now live at Foster Parrots, an exotic wildlife sanctuary. Rita was born in New York, attended Prospect Heights High School and Brooklyn College. She was smart, tough, funny, and an avid animal lover and advocate. Rita was a Docent Emeritus at the Roger Williams Park Zoo where she volunteered for 20 years, and the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona for ten years.  She was Member at Large of the East Greenwich Animal Protection League, where she also served as President for six years, and a long time member of Defenders for Animals in Providence. Rita was a Life member of Hadassah, a Member of Temple Beth El, and the Mahjongg Club. She enjoyed Bridge and Canasta as well. Rita is also survived by her Nephew Jeffrey Cooke and his family of North Kingstown, and Steven Cooke and family of Kennewick, Washington.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to your favorite charity.  Shiva will be observed at 434 Red Chimney Dr., Warwick, Tuesday 1-3 & 5-7 and Wednesday 3-6 p.m.


  1. Kathy L Humphreys
    Mar 10, 2018

    Bonnie. and Sharon my heart goes out to you both We our with you in thought and wish you comfort and peace as you remember your Mom.with love KRIS and Kathy

  2. paula ducharme
    Mar 11, 2018

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time.

    Meredith Woodbine and Family

  3. Susan Warthman
    Mar 11, 2018

    Dear Bonnie, I am so sorry to read about your mom’s passing. I will try to visit on Tuesday during Shiva. Love, Sue

  4. Donna Bond
    Mar 11, 2018

    Bonnie and Sharon please know we are thinking of you both and wishing you peace during this difficult time.

    Donna and Family

  5. Mikki
    Mar 11, 2018

    Dear Bonnie & Sharon, thinking of you both and sending our love… No easy thing to lose a Mom… I will always remember how witty your Mom was and all the laughs we had. Mikki & Sean

  6. Dennis Tabella
    Mar 11, 2018

    Sharon and Bonnie, I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Your mom and dad supported Defenders of Animals, Inc., for many years and helped to save many animals.

  7. adam
    Mar 12, 2018

    Dear Sharon and Bonnie,

    I always thought of your mother as a big sister and loved her and Fanny and Myra very much. Now Rita and your Dad are together again, twirling and dancing across the ballroom in each other’s arms again.

    Sending my love, Binnie

  8. Elissa
    Mar 12, 2018

    Dear Sharon and Bonnie,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I am thinking of you both and sending you a bit of peace….

  9. Jane rollins
    Mar 12, 2018

    Bruce and I are thinking of you both

  10. Donato Beauchaine
    Mar 12, 2018

    Ohhhh Sharon & Bonnie – I’m sad to hear this. Mom’s are such special people in our lives….May Peace & Blessings come your way.

  11. Sheila Newquist
    Mar 12, 2018

    Dear Sharon,

    So very sorry for the loss of your Mom. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and all who will miss her.


  12. Sue Klas Wright
    Mar 12, 2018

    Dear Sharon,
    I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad and difficult time.
    My sincere condolences.

  13. karen murtha
    Mar 13, 2018


    I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. May all your wonderful memories of her, comfort you.

    Karen and Ned

  14. Amy Schupler Veaner
    Mar 13, 2018

    Sharon and Bonnie.
    Sending you BIG LOVE and my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Embrace each other and your sweet and endearing memories. Been there. Not easy. Hoping to see you soon.

  15. Janet Brown
    Mar 14, 2018

    Dear Bonnie,
    I am so, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom.
    This is a difficult time and I wanted to let you know that I am thinking of your family and sending a prayer your way.



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