SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Rita A. Cleary-Bloom, born Nov. 27, 1940, of Seal Beach, died Nov. 3, 2010, with her two children at her side, after battling the disease of emphysema.
Rita was born and raised Billings, to the late Fred Koch and Alice (Koch) Cumming. From high school, she attended Portland University and obtained her degree in chemistry. She married Bernie Cleary and moved to California, raising both children, Macie Cleary and Christopher Cleary, in Santa Ana.
Rita, as a single parent, reinvented herself and began a meteoric rise as a chemist at ICN Pharmaceuticals. Her passion expanded and began working for ICD/Confab as the Quality Assurance Director. Rita had a powerful work ethic and quickly expanded her role to include national travel. Her selfless travel and whole-hearted dedication to this aspect of her career meant she was a valuable leader.
Her children were raised with a solid foundation that anything was possible if they put their mind to it. Both are fortunate that Rita was able to see each become successful in their professions and surrounded by loving supporters as she did for them. Rita enjoyed the holidays with her entire family and spending the night with Macie and her kids.
She found love again, and married Robert "Bob" Bloom and settled in their dream home in Seal Beach, happily until the sudden death of Bob in 2001. Rita turned to her family, including caring for her grandson after school. She went to Zac's baseball games and many school events for both Zac and Jana. Though officially retired, she lovingly helped her son's longtime partner with a natural venture into the finance industry. Her design and implementation of their policy/ procedure book stands today. Her work peers Alex, Willy, Elvia and Bernardo, spoke highly of Rita, and she is credited with her role as matriarch in her final professional endeavor.
Survivors include her two children, Macie Cleary and Christopher Cleary and his partner Mike Langston; her grandchildren, Zachary and Jana Milan, all in Orange County; Rita's sister and brother-in-law, Carol and Mick Johnson of Vancouver, Wash.; their children and spouses, Kevin and Teri-Kay Johnson and children Max and Carter; daughter and son-in-law: Amy and Michael Spanik, all in Portland, Ore., and youngest son Kyle Johnson in California.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 14, off the coast of Newport Beach, with prayers and the scattering of ashes. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations go to: www.copdfoundation.com.