A funeral Mass was offered Aug. 21 in the chapel of St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham, for Sister Rita Beck, who died June 23. She was 96 and had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 79 years.

A native of Albany, she taught for 15 years in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses, then spent 40 years in health care at St. Mary's Hospital in Amsterdam, in Peru, in Georgia and at St. Joseph's Provincial House. Survivors include a sister, Gabriel Burkart of Rensselaer. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery, Latham.