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.