Rita Toppa Busch

July 14, 1926 – October 15, 2020

Rita Toppa Busch

Rita Toppa Busch, beloved longtime member of the Oklahoma City Branch, died October 15, 2020 at the age of 94. She was born July 14, 1926 in Newport, Rhode Island to Bertha and Anthony Toppa. She married the love of her life, William “Bill” Sims Busch on July 13, 1949.  Their marriage lasted 60 years until his death in 2009.

An exceptionally talented and accomplished artist and sculptor, Rita Busch was a vital member of our group. She could always be counted on to help with meetings and projects for Pen Women. She often regaled us with amusing tales about growing up in an Italian family in her beloved Rhode Island.

She will be sorely missed.

—Submitted by Dena R. Gorrell, OKC, OK Branch President