Mrs. Rita Harvit Nearman

Mrs. Rita Harvit Nearman

January 28, 1942 - December 10, 2021
Charleston, WV

Mrs. Rita Harvit Nearman

January 28, 1942 - December 10, 2021
Charleston, WV


Rita Harvit Nearman, age 79 of Charleston, WV died on December 10, 2021 in Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ann Kandell and Maurice Harvit; her brothers Harold Harvit and Robert Harvit.
Surviving is her husband of 56 years Sherman “Nemo” Nearman; daughter Pauline “Polly” Webb (Husband Joshua Webb) of Baltimore, MD; sons Merrill Nearman (Sandra Nearman) of Park City, UT, Henry Nearman (Tammy Nearman) of Charleston, WV, Grandchildren Megan Nearman (KC Egnor) of Clendenin, Ethan Greene of Baltimore, Zoey Nearman, and Davey Nearman of Park City, UT; great-grandchildren Josiah Bradsher, and Shaun Bradsher; and Step-grandson Trevor Egnor all of Clendenin.

Rita was born January 28, 1942 in Beckley, WV. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High in Beckley, WV with the class of 1959 and was a member of the Alumni Association.
Rita graduated from Ohio University in 1964, earned her Master’s in Speech Pathology from Case Western Reserve in 1966. She was a Speech Pathologist in private practice, in the public school systems in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Kanawha County, and volunteered her time at the Children’s Therapy Clinic.

She was a member of B’nai Jacob Synagogue, lifetime member of Hadassah, and Ladies Auxiliary.

She was a loving and dedicated Wife, Mother, and Grandmother. She loved people and animals in her own personal way and had a kind word for everyone.

Funeral Services will be Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Barlow Bonsall, officiated by Rabbi Victor Urecki .Burial will follow at B’nai Jacob Eternal Home Cemetery in South Charleston.

Visitation will be held 1 hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to: B’nai Jacob Synagogue or the National MS Society.

You may send condolences to the family at:

Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston has been entrusted with the arrangements.


  • Date & Time: December 12, 2021 (1:00 PM - 2:00 PM)
  • Venue: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home
  • Location: 1118 Virginia Street, East Charleston, WV - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (304) 342-8135

Funeral Service

  • Date & Time: December 12, 2021 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
  • Venue: Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home
  • Location: 1118 Virginia Street, East Charleston , WV 25301 - (Get Directions)
  • Phone Number: (304) 342-8135

B’nai Jacob Synagogue

  • Address: Charleston, WV

National MS Society

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3 responses to Mrs. Rita Harvit Nearman

  1. Growing up without my own, you were like the mother that I never had.

    Yours is the sweetest and nurturing personality that I strive to mimic in my interactions with others.

    Mrs. Rita Harvit Nearman; forever a part of those of us who were fortunate enough to know you.

    With all of our love,

    Keith, Lourdes Bowens Smith and the Smith-Lawson Families

  2. Bob Baker says:

    So sorry to hear this news. I enjoyed dinner with Rita and the whole Nearman family in Virginia Beach during the Senior Games. My heart goes out to Nemo, Henry and the entire Nearman family.

  3. The West Virginia and Kanawha County Associations of Retired School Employees extend their sincere sympathy to you, the family, in your sorrow. Blessings to all.

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