Rita (Leonardi) Maloney passed away peacefully on February 27, 2021, after a short, but courageous battle, with cancer.\n\nShe was born on December 23, 1954 in Passaic, New Jersey to Angelo and Marion (Vittorio) Leonardi. She is survived by her mother, Marion; devoted husband, Tim Maloney; beloved daughter, Jennifer West (Michael); son, James Ryan; and grandchildren, Madelyn and Michael West.\n\nShe will be missed by her sisters, Denise (Steven) and Phyllis (Brad); brothers, Danny (Susan), Mark (Kelly) and Tommy (Dorothy); and she meant the world to a gaggle of nieces and nephews. Rita lived and loved life to the fullest. She was a nurturing and loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend, who carried light and laughter into every room. A lover of all things sports, Rita was a life-long Yankees fan. She also enjoyed golf and loved to travel.\n\nThe definition of grace under fire, she fought her health challenges with dignity and her own unique brand of humor.\n\nDue to COVID 19 restrictions, no memorial services are planned at this time.\n\nMemorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.