Rita Bancroft

February 25, 2021


Rita R. Bancroft passed away on February 25, 2021. She is survived by her husband of 52 years Merrill Bancroft of Townsend, beloved sister Janet Mae Filpi, two brothers, Frank & the late William Liebenow, and extended relatives.

Rita was born in Cummington MA, attending Wahconah Regional High School, graduating with honors. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History at Barrington College she attended Rhode Island School of Library Science and Fitchburg State College, earning her Masters Degree in Education and Reading.

Mrs. Bancroft worked many years as School Media Director in Fitchburg and other schools in Massachusetts. She continued this as a volunteer in local public schools and the Christian School at the First Baptist Church of West Townsend. She participated in the Women of the Word and Heart to Heart Bible Study at Pepperell Christian Fellowship during employment and into retirement.

Her many interests included gardening, reading, scrapbooking and photography. She sold or gave to friends as gifts many of her scenic photos as enlargements or stationery. Her family and friends remember her as generous and creative, who loved all the beauties of the Lord’s creation.

BANCROFT – Rita R., of Townsend. February 25, 2021. Contributions in Rita’s memory may be made to Pepperell Christian Fellowship P.O. Box 192 Pepperell, MA 01463 or via She will be buried in Chesterfield, MA with a Celebration of Life Service for the immediate family and friends at a future time. Arrangements entrusted to the McGaffigan Family Funeral Home, Pepperell, MA. Please see for online memorial.

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