Rita Roherty is a regular at the Activity Center where the ceramics group meets. Regular may be an understatement. Rita has been doing ceramics at Cedar Crest since 1995 only surpassed by Bernita Tobin who has been a group member for 27 years!
The group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Newcomers are welcome. "You don't have to know ceramics to join the fun," Rita says." Our director, Joanne Peterson, will show you what to do."
The group makes a variety of ceramic vases, cups, figurines, and more, choosing from the greenware Joanne keeps in stock. Currently, there are a lot of items geared for the garden and some members are already planning their Christmas creations.
Rita estimates she has made hundreds of items through the years, often gifting them to children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. "It's a pleasant way to spend time," she said. "Our group has a lot of fun and sometimes we meet just to have lunch or talk."
Ceramics aren't Rita's only pastime. She is 90 years young and likes to keep busy within the Cedar Crest community, where she is president of the Auxiliary. She also is active in the Janesville Elk Ladies and the VFW. She likes to walk and garden, and up to two years ago, engaged in bowling and trap shooting. She was a member of the Milton VFW Gun Club and has medaled at the Badger State Games, beating women much younger than her. Before she retired, Rita was a nurses' aide, often staying at a patient's bedside overnight so their loved ones could have a break.
Rita adds that all are welcome, men and women, to try their hand at ceramics. "We're a fun group, we laugh a lot, and we have a wonderful teacher who has a lot of patience with us."