Opelousas – Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 14, 2019, for Rita Joyce Schwartzenburg Shelton in the Skip Montet Chapel at LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:00 AM until time of rosary at 12:30 PM. The Very Reverend Monsignor Keith J. DeRouen will conduct the service. Burial will be held at a later date.
Mrs. Shelton, age 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 10, 2019, at Lafayette General Medical Center.
Rita attended and graduated from AIC in 1961. She was an active member of the AIC Alumni Association. She was a devout Catholic and a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church. She loved making quilts for each of her grandchildren. Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family and friends. Rita will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Antonio (Tony) Shelton of Opelousas, LA; her sons, Antonio (Tony) Shelton and wife, Kathy of Island, NY, Matt Shelton and wife, Leah of Bradenton, FL, Michael Shelton of Opelousas, LA; her daughters, Felicia Camardelle and husband, Keith of Opelousas, LA and Nicole Davidson and husband Michael, of Slaughter, LA. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren, Chris Graham, Matthew Graham, Sara Chirchirillo, Cameron Camardelle, Antonio (Tony) Shelton, Nick Shelton, Alex Shelton, Jonathon Shelton, Rachel McReynolds, Matthew Shelton, Kayla Reel, Michael Davidson, Jessica Davidson and twelve great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen Schwartzenburg and Ruby Hollier Schwartzenburg and her brother, Glyn Schwartzenburg.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.