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St. Libory's Catholic Church
Monday January 20th, 2020
9:00am - 10:30am

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Monday January 20th, 2020
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Rita B. Schwartz

Rita B. Schwartz, 96, of St. Libory, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph, MO. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Libory's Catholic Church in St. Libory. The Rev. Sidney Bruggeman will celebrate the Mass. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m. Until service time, with a 9:30 a.m. Rosary, all at the church. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Rita was born on Sept. 7, 1923, at Vivian, S.D. , the daughter of Adolph and Apolonia (Schulte) Regennitter. She received her education and graduated from Vivian High School in 1942. She then attended Notre Dame Junior College in Mitchell, S.D. And later Kearney State College. She then taught in rural schools in the Vivian area. She was united in marriage to Raymond F. Schwartz on May 28, 1946, in Vivian. The couple first lived in Presho, S.D., later moving to Chamberlain, S.D. for 10 years. In Dec. 1959, the family moved to St. Libory. She continued to teach in Howard County rural schools, later teaching in the Grand Island Public Schools. She served as Principal, splitting time between Shoemaker and Jefferson Elementary Schools. She retired from teaching in 1988. After Raymond's death on May 10, 2003, she continued to live the rest of her life in St. Libory. Rita was a member of St. Libory's Catholic Church and its Council of Catholic Women. She was also a member of the Grand Generation Center in Grand Island and a long time member of Teacher's Associations. She loved crocheting and made numerous afghans for all her family. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia “Jean” and David Merten of St. Joseph, MO; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Robert Schwartz of Erie, CO and Kenneth and Donna Schwartz of Dayton, OH; four grandchildren, Matthew and Sarah Merten and Christine and Eric Patton, all of St. Joseph, MO and Caitlin Schwartz and Alexandra Leeper, both of New York City; and three great-grandchildren, Mason Merten, Taylor Patton and Dylan Patton. In addition to her husband, Raymond, she was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters, Marie Kotz, Grace Frederickson, Phyllis Mannhalter, Marguerite Giedd and Esther Muldoon; and three brothers, Ralph, Donald, and infant Francis Regennitter. Memorials are suggested to St. Libory's Catholic Church.

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Guestbook

Mrs. Schwartz was one of the nicest most patient teachers I had at District 38. I loved her so much. She was very smart and very kind. She taught us well and always complimented me on my cursive handwriting . Janine Bowers Petracek Lincoln, NE

Janine Petracek Jan 20 2020 3:07 PM

Virginia, Ken and Bob, Steve and I wish we could have come back for your mothers funeral tomorrow, but it just wasnt possible. We will be thinking of you guys. I know we have not been a part of each others lives but I have thought of you over the years. I think the last time I saw you, Virginia and Bob, was in 1969 when I was 14 years old. We came through Nebraska in July on the way back from South Dakota. Karen, the last time I saw you was at grandpa Schwartz his funeral in May of 1980. I remember your mom as always being full of life, happy and smiling, so friendly and kind. I remember I had such a great feelings about her the last time I saw her. She had a great life and a long one, but that doesnt take away the loss of losing her. Our mom died October 20, 2014, and dad, your uncle Ed, has been gone now five years tomorrow. It is so hard losing them. Do you feel like an I remember your mom as always being full of life, happy and smiling, so friendly and kind. I remember I had such great feelings about her the last time I saw her. She had a great life and a long one, but that doesnt take away the loss of losing her. Our mom died October 20, 2014, and dad, your uncle Ed, has been gone now five years tomorrow. It is so hard losing them. Do you feel like an orphan orphan. if any of you come out to Arizona, particularly to get away from the cold winters there, please let Steve or me know so we can connect while you were here. We would love to see you. We will be thinking of you tomorrow and hoping things go well. God bless you guys. Love, Kevin Schwartz. (602) 809-6666 cell.

kevin Schwartz Jan 19 2020 3:32 PM

So sorry for your loss. Your Mother was one of my favorite teachers in the 60s at Shoemaker aka Dist#38.

Janet Bowers Weber Jan 18 2020 1:20 AM

Sending sympathy in your loss - there will be a reunion in heaven now with all the siblings! Eileen Stolley

Eileen Stolley Jan 17 2020 12:54 PM

Rita and I were good friends for a long time..We did so many things together like bus trips to the casinos,which she loved! Went to play bingo several places,that she enjoyed every time! Out to eat often and a few movies plus other things! I will miss you Rita very much! Rita would say so many times,We need to both take "only take one day at a time" and when I went to Bingo yesterday 5 minutes of driving, on the radio came the beautiful song One Day At A Time!! God Bless You , I Miss You and now RIP.:heart::heart: Flo Grudzinski.

Florence Grudzinski Jan 16 2020 2:56 PM

So sorry to hear about Rita she was a great neighbor. Marsha Dixson

Marsha Dixson Jan 16 2020 10:00 AM