HAYWARD -- For more than 30 years, Rita Resare told Daily Review readers who got married, who won scholarships and who was celebrating an anniversary in her All Around the Town column.
Resare, 88, died Oct. 4 in Eureka, where she and her husband, Ed O'Connell, moved in 1997 after retiring.
She became a correspondent for the newspaper in 1962. In addition to her column, she reported on fire board, city council and school district meetings and community get-togethers, plus wrote feature stories, recalled retired Daily Review reporter Karen Holzmeister.
"Rita was the kind of person who always went to bed looking forward to tomorrow. That is, if tomorrow didn't come too early, because she covered more late-night meetings than anyone else on the staff," Holzmeister said.
Resare broke her rule of not getting up early when she was asked to cover the Huey Newton trial in Oakland in 1968, Holzmeister said. Resare, who had no formal journalism training, found herself alongside national and international media reporting on the Black Panther leader's trial in the shooting death of an Oakland police officer.
"It was really an experience for her," Holzmeister said.
Resare, a religious woman, also covered church news.
"She not only wrote about religion, she also was an active part of the religious community," Holzmeister said.
She was born in Granite City, Ill., and moved with her family to Redondo Beach as a young girl, according to her son, Craig Resare. She later moved to San Leandro with her first husband. She married O'Connell in 1973 although she continued to use the name Resare professionally, her son said.
She is survived by her husband; two sons, Mark Resare, of Castro Valley, and Craig Resare, of Pleasanton; a daughter, Danielle Nebel, of Stockton; and several grandchildren. A memorial service is pending.