Rita 'Peach' Burch passes

Mechanicsville, MD – Services for Rita Diane “Peach” Burch are scheduled for Thursday morning, Sept. 17 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Mechanicsville. Mrs. Burch died Saturday, Sept. 12 in Leonardtown.

She was the wife of local businessman Elliott “Sonny” Burch Jr. The couple was married in March 1974.

Born in Washington, DC July 27, 1943, Mrs. Burch graduated from Bishop O’Connell High School in 1961. She moved to St. Mary’s County from Northern Virginia during her early adult years.

Rita “Peach” Burch is described by her family as a homemaker who enjoyed spending time with her family. Family members also recalled that she enjoyed looking for bargains at local yard sales.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Burch is survived by her children: Elliott Burch III, Becki Burch Adkins, Kelli Mattingly, Chris Hill, Terri Buckler, Betty Jo Barthelme, Sheri Norris and Debbie Smith; 15 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, a sister and a brother.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 16 at Mattingly-Gardiner Funeral Home in Leonardtown from 5 to 8 p.m. Following Thursday morning’s Mass of Christian Burial, interment will take place at Queen of Peace Catholic Cemetery in Helen.

Contributions in memory of Rita Diane “Peach” Burch may be made to Friends of Cedar Lane, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650 and/or Mother Catherine Academy, 38833 Chaptico Road, Helen, MD 20635.

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