Rita Blumenthal Schure Green, 90, beloved mother, grandmother and wife died at home on Sunday, May 6. She lived at 19 Troy Place, Niskayuna most of her adult life. She was married to Robert Schure and then Manuel Green. She is survived by a son Mark and daughter-in-law Nancy, of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, her daughter Susan Schure Cohen of West Palm Beach, Florida, granddaughter Eve Almadovar and great-grandaughter Eden Almadovar. and grandson Rueben Lessner and wife Jenny of Balston Spa, NY. She is also survived by her sister Eleanor Swartz of Guilderland, NY, nephews Stephen and Luda Swartz of Guilderland and Larry and Debbie Swartz of Niskayuna, Mark and Fran Aronowitz of West Palm Beach, Florida and nieces Nancy and Chip King of Bolton Landing, NY and Barbara and Alan Reichart of Walnut Creek California.
Rita was born in New York City in 1927. When Rita was 13 years old, she moved to Schenectady. Upon graduation from Mt Pleasant High School, Rita attended Traphagen Art School in New York City. Rita married Robert Schure after he came out of the service and then a few years later moved to Niskayuna where Rita lived until her death.
Rita’s funeral will be held graveside at 1:00 Thursday May 10 at the Agudat Achim Cemetery at Mt. Stuart Road, Rotterdam, Schenectady NY. This is accessible from Schermerhorn Street in Rotterdam.
Shortly after their marriage they started the Fabric Center, located on Jay Street. She was involved in this downtown Schenectady store, which moved across the street at one point, for over 40 years. After Robert’s death in 1974, Rita ran the store successfully and eventually sold the property, which was at one time a Spaulding baseball factory. During the Fabric Center years, they raised two children, Susan and Mark.
A number of years later Rita married Manny Green, a Schenectady ophthalmologist. Rita became his ophthalmic assistant and conducted work there for many years. After she had taken care of Manny for 3 years, after he suffered a stroke, she visited him every day in the Glendale home and brought him a hot fudge Sunday.
Rita loved art and spent many years with her art group. She loved the people and drew a lot of pictures after Manny passed away. Rita and Manny had travelled to Paris and went to the Louvre and the Musee d’Orsay. She attended many medical conferences with him and loved getting to new cities. Rita put energy into everything and loved her house. She would kibbutz with anyone who would listen and some who didn’t. She had a great sense of humor, always interacting and with a definite opinion on most things.