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Rita Ritter

April 18, 1929 — April 21, 2023

Freeport, Minnesota

Rita Ritter

 

Rita H. Ritter, age 94 of Freeport, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Friday, April 21 at the Mother of Mercy Nursing Home in Albany, Minnesota. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport with Rev. Daniel Walz officiating.  Interment will be in the parish cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport. Parish prayers will be held at 4 p.m. followed by the Christian Women and Young at Heart Club at 6 p.m. Thursday evening at the church.

Rita Helen Van Heel was born April 18, 1929 in Krain Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to Anton and Mary (Arnzen) Van Heel. She was united in marriage to Gilbert “Gib” Ritter on July 13, 1954 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in St. Francis. Together, Gilbert and Rita had 6 children and built a beautiful life.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Freeport, Christian Women, and the Young at Heart Club. Rita was an amazing and strong woman. Every summer she would grow a vegetable garden, make the world’s best pickles, and go for bike rides on her trike with her grandkids. She also enjoyed reading, playing cards, doing puzzles, and was an excellent quilter.

Survivors include her children, Ronald (Elaine) Ritter of Freeport, Judy (Bob) Theisen of St. Francis, Joseph (Brenda) Ritter of Little Falls, Mary Katherine Carlson of Three Rivers, Michigan, Steven Ritter (Tina Rust) of Grand Rapids, and Linda (Brian) Gertken of Albany; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; and sister, Bertha Lueken of Cold Spring.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert “Gib” Ritter on June 11, 2002; parents; brothers and sisters, Alphonse Van Heel, Rose Douvier, Hilda Forster, Walburga Ebnet, Julietta Van Heel, Edmund Van Heel, and Marie Kleve; and son-in-law, Phil Carlson.

A special thank you to the staff at Mother of Mercy Nursing Home and Moments Hospice for their many years of care of our mother.

 

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Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, April 27, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

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Visitation

Friday, April 28, 2023

10:30 - 11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

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Mass of Christian Burial

Friday, April 28, 2023

Starts at 11:30 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

106 3rd Ave NE, Freeport, MN 56331

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