HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. - Mrs. Rita Clemente, 61, 130 Shadow Ridge Place, Chapel Hill, died Thursday, March 29, 2007, at UNC Hospital after courageously battling a long term illness. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Surviving are her loving husband and best friend of 37 years, William Gary Clemente; three sons: William Gary Clemente Jr. of Fuquay Varina, Eric Jon Clemente of Raleigh, and Matthew Kurt Clemente of Evans, GA. A fourth son, Michael Eric Clemente is deceased. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Emily, William, Kaleigh, Shannon, and Elizabeth; two brothers: Fredrick Schnell of NY and George Schnell of WA. Rita was born in Bronx New York, the daughter of Mabel and Frederick Schnell. Rita married William Clemente on May 25, 1969. They later moved to Hastings-on-Hudson New York, where they raised their three children. In 1993 the family moved to Chapel Hill, NC. Rita was a Registered Nurse and worked at St. Johns Hospital inYonkers, NY. Later in her career, she worked at both UNC and Duke Hospitals in North Carolina. Her last position at the Duke Children's Clinic was one of her most fulfilling experiences as a Nurse. Rita was known to her family and friends for her constant upbeat and positive outlook on life. She always maintained her sense of humor despite the many challenges brought on by her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Liver Foundation by calling 1-800-465-4837.   Visitation was held on Monday, April 2, 2007 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at Walker's Funeral Home in Hillsborough, and the graveside service followed immediately thereafter at St. Matthews Catholic Church Cemetery, 1001 Mason Road., Durham.    Online condolences may be sent to the family at: 3/30/-4/20/07)