Rita W. Lyons, administrative officer

January 22, 2013
Rita W. Lyons
Administrative officer

Rita W. Lyons, 95, who retired in 1978 as an administrative officer at the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, died Jan. 10 at her home in Silver Spring.

She had congestive heart failure, said her daughter, Patricia Lyons.

Mrs. Lyons was employed by the NIH for 22 years and had previously done stenography work for the federal government.

Helen Rita Weisgerber was born in Washington. She graduated from the city’s old Academy of Notre Dame in 1935 and from the Columbus School of Law, now part of Catholic University, in 1939.

Mrs. Lyons belonged to St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Silver Spring and coordinated the parish’s involvement in So Others Might Eat for more than three decades, her daughter said.

In addition, her daughter said, Mrs. Lyons volunteered for more than 12,000 hours in the gift shop and medical library at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Her memberships included her church’s seniors group and Mary’s Widows, a social support group of the Knights of Columbus.

Her husband of 65 years, William M. Lyons, died in 2006. Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Lyons of Pocatello, Idaho; and two brothers, Joseph Weisgerber and Leo Weisgerber, both of Silver Spring.

Emily Langer

Emily Langer is a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk. She has written about national and world leaders, celebrated figures in science and the arts, and heroes from all walks of life.
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