RUMFORD – Rina L. Gallant, 86, of Wyman Hill Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008, surrounded by her family at Rumford Hospital. She was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Chisholm, a daughter of Luigi and Ida (Gonella) Marchetti, and was one of nine children. Rina graduated from Jay High School and supported the war effort as a “Rosie the Riveter” at Bath Iron Works. In the early 1970s she was employed at Mammoth Mart and later at Bartash’s. Rina was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior-St. Athanasius and St. John Catholic Church. She married Robert E. Gallant, Jan. 14, 1946. In 1953 they built a home in South Rumford, where they raised their family. Rina enjoyed traveling, needlework, attending her children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events and Sunday drives. Her greatest joy was time spent with family, including her five children, 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Rina was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor which was appreciated by all who knew her. She is survived by her daughters, Bonnie Samson and husband, Roland, of Jay, Barbara Ripley and husband, David, of Portland, Cynthia Giroux and husband, Gary, of Dixfield and Deborah Gurney and husband, Glenn, of Dixfield; her son, Kenneth and companion, Annie Atherton, of Belfast; her grandchildren, Erica Farrar, Robert Samson, Amanda Bramble, Sarah Ripley, Erin Wainwright, Abigail Waleik, Hannah Giroux, Nathan Gurney, Nicholas Gurney, Zachary Gallant and Joshua Gallant; 12 great-grandchildren; her sister, Carole Holt; and a brother, Ronald Marchetti of Jay. She was predeceased by her parents; a son, Robert Vincent Gallant in 1949; husband, Robert E. “Blackie” Gallant in 1984; four brothers, Joseph, Louis, John and Ralph Marchetti; and two sisters, Sandrina Roy and Laura Moreau. Rina’s family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Rumford Hospital for their skilled compassionate care and support and also to her special lifelong friend and neighbor, Becky Thibodeau. Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 12, at S.G. Thibault Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Parish of the Holy Savior, 126 Maine Ave., Rumford. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, contributions in Rina’s memory may be made to Rumford Hospital Patient Care Wing and sent to Rumford Hospital, care of Community Relations, 420 Franklin St., Rumford, ME 04276. Relatives and friends may pay tribute to Rina at www.mem.com. Arrangements are under the care of S.G. Thibault Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 250 Penobscot St., Rumford. www.dignitymemorial.com