RITA FISCHER

Rita Fischer, of Mora, died on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Mpls.  She was 80 years old.

MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held on Saturday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted officiating.

MEMORIAL VISITATION will be 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church.

** Memorials are preferred to the Mora Food Shelf or Kanabec History Center.

Rita Gladys Fischer of Mora, Minnesota, passed away on June 26, 2012, surrounded by her family, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after a brief illness.  She was 80 years old.

She was born on June 14, 1932 in New Brighton, Minnesota to Clarence and Margaret  (Sullivan) Ganter.  She grew up on the family dairy farm, the youngest of five children. Rita attended country school through the eighth grade, and graduated from Anoka High School in 1950.  On April 5, 1956, Rita married “her handsome cowboy” Wilfurd Fischer at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Blaine, Minnesota.  In the early years of their marriage they lived in Minneapolis and South Dakota, moving to the Mora area in 1960. 

She was an active member of homemaker’s clubs in the Ann Lake and Brunswick neighborhoods, and various committees at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rita was a homemaker and dairy farmer —-raising eight kids and milking cows kept her very busy for many years and brought her great joy!   She enjoyed reading, gardening in the summer, and embroidering in the winter, side by side with Wilfurd.  She was always happiest when celebrating holidays or other events with family. She was well known for her baking and jam and jelly making.  For the past several years her pies, breads, and jams were looked forward to at history center events, the White Pines threshing show, and Braham Pie Day.     

Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was also kind and generous and always willing to help those in need. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Margaret and Irene; and infant son, William.  Rita is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Wilfurd; children, Rose, Matt (Stacey), Louise Bliss (Tim), Lois McKinnell (Dave), Margie, Sue, Linda Pankonin (Dennis), and Rich (Lori);  grandchildren Michelle, Lucas, Nick, Mitchell, Stephanie, Meghan, Brianna, Hunter, and Spencer; great-grandchildren Logan, Keegan, Sage, and Addyson; brother John Ganter (Alice); sister, Catherine Heim; brother-in-law Marvin Fischer; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends.

A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, June 30th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mora with Fr. Eugene Plaisted officiating.  Music was provided by Kris Paulson and St. Mary’s Choir Members.  Inurnment will be at a later date at St. Kathryn’s Catholic Cemetery in Ogilvie. 

15 guestbook entries for RITA FISCHER

  1. Sue Rufener June 27, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the Fischer family. I have always had bright, positive memories of Rita and will always remember that big smile and special laugh of hers. I, for one, feel I was one of the lucky ones to have had the good fortune to have had Rita in my life.

  2. Michelle Arnold June 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm #

    I am gonna miss you Rita, You were such an amazing lady, I loved spending endless hours at your house as a kid and helping you cook and bake sometimes! You always had a big heart, I love you!

  3. Rhonda Olson June 28, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    My thoughts and prayers are with Rose, Louise and all of the Fischer family. Rita always had a smile. I always knew when the apples were ready, I would get a call about pies. She made the best pies. Tom and I have such good memories of her. She will be missed.

  4. sally altman June 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    we are going to miss Rita so much. Loved visiting with her at Pie Day, stopping at their place to chat when delivering meals on wheels to others, and just seeing her around town. She always had a cheerful hello and a great smile, and always had time to talk to you. God bless her.
    sally and duane altman

  5. Lorraine Whiteford June 29, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    We are going to miss Rita so much in this family. To all of us she was was known as Rita Cupcakes. During the CCD period at church, if you needed cupcakes made for the children you would call Rita and she would always deliver some. When Tom was asked to lead the rosary at his aunts funeral we called Rita to help us and she took time out of her busy schedule to write it all down. No matter where you were you would always get that great smile of hers and for what I will always call “The Rita Hug!” We all know there is now another Angel Among Us!! RIP Rita. We all Love YOU! The Tom and Lorraine Whiteford Family

  6. Cathy Fuchs June 29, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    I am so sorry for your loss, but I know that Rita is definitely in heaven. I always loved sitting near her in church because she always had something wonderful to say. She was often praying her rosary before Mass. What a wonderful woman! You were all blessed to have her as your Mom. I’m so glad I got to know her as well. I really wish I could make it to the funeral, but my prayers are with you all.

  7. Ronda Jannett June 29, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

    I will always remember that Rita made all the pies for my Grandma’s funeral when she died in 2001.
    We will miss her!

  8. Robert Aas June 30, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    It is with great sadness that we share the loss of Rita. She was a good friend and neighbor. We will miss her pies and jams but mostly the person who made each one with so much love and care. We will be present to share our loss with your family.

  9. Carol & Larry Dutton June 30, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Rose, what a sad day for you and your family. Your mother always greeted me with a smile, a hug, and then we could visit and share what was going on in our lives.

  10. Bruce Arnold July 2, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    What a kind person Rita was. Always a big smile and warm greeting. She will be missed.

  11. Lucy July 5, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    I have so many nice memories.
    Hugs
    Lucy

  12. Tawni July 9, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    I was sad to read about Rita’s passing. She was always so friendly. I will miss her smile and of course her jams and pies!

  13. Tammy Fredrickson July 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    Linda & Louise, I just heard about your mom’s passing. I am so sorry for your loss!! I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!!

  14. Tina Owens July 30, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    We will miss Rita at the Villa. She was always my biggest seller at the craft sale. She was such a kind person. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Margie Bertilson September 4, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Sorry I haven’t written sooner. Wanted you to know your Mom was such a wonderful, friendly lady…She always said ‘hello’ when I saw her and we used to be neighbors years ago…May the Lord help comfort you in your loss.

    Margie (Vogel) Bertilson

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