With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Michael Edward Rakyta of Savannah, Georgia who passed away on March 9, 2022 at the age of 87. He died at home under the care of Hospice of Savannah after a short illness.
He was predeceased by his first wife Mary Fassio Rakyta, his parents, John and Anna (Pasternak) Rakyta; his siblings, John Rakyta , Andrew Rakyta, Anne Rakyta, and Mary Majewski. He is survived by his brother Robert Rakyta; his children Karen Bozak and Jeffrey Rakyta (Suzanne). Grandchildren: Jordan Romanello (Marissa), Marissa Romanello, and Emily Rakyta; one great-grandchild, Rilyn Romanello, who Mike referred to as Smiling Rilyn.
Mike is survived by his second wife, Faye H. Chapman. They met at the Savannah Shag club and were married for over 22 years. His is survived by 2 stepdaughters, Michelle Adams (Mike) and Kymberly Chapman. Stepgrandchildren: Ashley Hutto, Justin Chapman, Megan Johnson, Katherine Adams, and Joshua Adams. As well as several step great grand children.
Mike was born in Torrington, Connecticut and was employed by Torrington Bearing Company for 45 years. He was sent along with several other employees to open a new plant in Sylvania, Georgia, where he worked until retirement in 1997. He was a talented musician and artist. He played the saxophone in different bands in Connecticut and Georgia.
After his marriage to Faye he moved to Savannah, Ga and made Savannah his home. He enjoyed dancing and was an avid bowler (3 to 4 times a week), golf, traveling and loved playing cards with friends.
A private service will be held in Torrington, Connecticut. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice of Savannah. The family would like to thank Barbara Chisholm and staff for the excellent care they gave to Mike in the last few weeks of his life.
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Sending love and hugs to the family and friends of Mike. He is now in the arms of our Lord and at peace.
Sorry to hear about Mike. He was a dear friend for many years when he worked at Torrington in Sylvania. He took me under his wing and trained me well when I arrived here. We enjoyed many laughs together and many good times playing music together. He was an outstanding person and he will live on in my memory. Most of all I will miss that bigger then life laugh and smile of his. I know he has them all entertained now in heaven playing the sax, telling jokes and teaching dance lessons for sure. What a great showman he was. I will miss you my friend!
I worked with Mike here is Sylvania and he was truly a good man. Always a big smile on his face and loved making us laugh. He was greatly missed here when he retired and I know y’all are greatly missing him now..
Sending prayers for all his family