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Rita Israel Haik

Died: January 11, 2020

Rita Israel Haik, age 52, passed away on January 11, 2020, at home after a long struggle with glioblastoma. Rita was born and grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi; graduating as a member of the St. Aloysius High School class of 1985. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi obtaining a degree …read more

Rita Israel Haik, age 52, passed away on January 11, 2020, at home after a long struggle with glioblastoma. Rita was born and grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi; graduating as a member of the St. Aloysius High School class of 1985. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi obtaining a degree in English.  While at USM she was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. After completing her degree, Rita started her teaching career at St. Jean Vianney Catholic School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the early education department. Upon finishing requirements for certification, Rita distinguished herself as an outstanding middle school English teacher.  At SJV she was known as a teacher who put the students first.  She found their strengths and helped them grow by tapping into those qualities.  Mrs. Haik is fondly remembered as that teacher who was compassionate yet firm; strict yet fun.  Not satisfied with influencing just a classroom, Rita attained her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership in 2016 from University of Holy Cross where she was named the Oustanding Graduate in Educational Leadership.  Rita moved into school administration at The Runnels School in Baton Rouge, serving as junior/senior high vice principal. Continuing her student centered approach to education at Runnels, Rita treated students as she would treat her own children, pushing them to find the answers to hurdles in their lives no matter how high those hurdles seemed. Rita’s life was punctuated by devotion to children–her own two girls, her many nieces and nephews, and her students were all touched by her intelligence, her spirit, and her love. Rita was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents Gilbert Israel and Rita Israel; her maternal grandparents John Murray Pinkston, Sr. and Corean S. Pinkston; and her parents Calvin J. Israel , Sr. and Ruth Pinkston Israel. Survivors include her husband, Brad Haik; her daughters, Sarah Haik, and Sophie Haik.  Additionally Rita is survived by her brothers, Gil Israel (Bonnie); Joe Israel (Mary Lou); and Ricky Israel; and her sisters, Cheryl Israel Grant; Lori Israel Flanagan (Coy D.); and Ruth ”Bootsie”  Israel Cooper (Hank); her brother-in-law Robert Ellis Haik and sister-in-law Linda Haik Hardy.  Rita is also survived by several nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and great nephews. A memorial mass will be held at St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.  A rosary will be led by the Knights of Columbus before visitation. Rita’s family would like to express their gratitude to Clarity Hospice for the compassionate care offered by Cheri Zebbs, Terri Washington, Michelle Spears, and to Rita’s personal aides, Betty McManus and Rita Raby. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Rita’s name be sent to St. Jean Vianney Catholic School, 16166 Harrell’s Ferry Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70816.

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Visitation Information

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 9:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church

Address:

16166 South Harrells Ferry Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Service Information

Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020

Time: 11:00 am -

St. Jean Vianney Catholic Church

Address:

16166 South Harrells Ferry Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Memorial Mass


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