Rita M. (Gairing) Couch
Rita M. Couch, age 95, passed away November 14, 2019
Rita was born in Wadsworth, Ohio, May 4, 1924, to the late Dan and Alice (Mullen)
Gairing. She attended Wadsworth schools graduating with the Wad sworth High School
class of 1942. She went on to earn a BS Degree in Accounting from Miami University,
Oxford, Ohio. Several years later she entered Ohio State University and obtained her
teaching certificate. Living in Columbus at the time, Rita was very active in the
Northeast Lions Club. Through her work with the Lions Auxiliary, she volunteered to
help provide meals for a group of blind ladies, sparking her interest in learning to teach
braille. She enrolled in a braille course and subsequently taught blind and visually
impaired elementary students.
After her husband’s passing, Rita moved back to Wadsworth and became actively
involved in the community. She volunteered at the Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and the
American Red Cross. She also enjoyed volunteering with the Medina County Parks
Rita was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church
and various senior civic organizations. She and her husband were very active in the
Lions Club in Columbus and were both recipients of the Melvin Jones Fellowship
Award. She was also a 50-year member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority for Women
Educators. Rita very much enjoyed traveling, playing cards, and especially a good
game of Bingo at various locations,
Along with her parents, Rita was preceded in death by her husband James R. Couch, to
whom she was married for 45 years, and brothers, Robert J. and Walter Gairng. She is
survived by sister-in-law Betty Gairing; nieces and nephews Dan (Vicki) Gairing, Kathy
(Robert) Calhoun, Bob (Audrey) Gairing, Leslie (Dan) Miller, Tom (Tracey) Gairing and
Chris (Joe) Keller; fourteen great and two great-great nieces and nephews, and cousin
Dick (Maureen) Huberty.
The family would like to thank the staff and caregivers at Windsor House of Doylestown
for their excellent care of Rita.
Friends will be received at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 21, at Sacred Heart
Church, 272 Broad St., Wadsworth, prior to Mass of Christian Burial, which will begin at
12:00 noon. Interment following Mass at Woodlawn Cemetery.