Rita A. Klabunde

Rita A. Klabunde, age 86 of Sauk Rapids, died Friday, September 7, 2012 at Sterling Park Health Care Center in Waite Park.

Rita was born January 7, 1926 in Walnut Grove to Henry and Frances Baumann.  After graduating from high school she obtained her teaching certificate and taught school at a one room country school until her marriage to Bernard Klabunde on June 28, 1950 after which they moved to Clements and started their family.

In 1970 they moved to Princeton where Rita continued raising their children and also worked at Hobart Pharmacy.  After their retirement in 1998 they moved to Sartell where she was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Church and Christian Women. Rita enjoyed playing scrabble, cards and bowling and most of all spending time with her family and friends, she will be remembered for her sharp wit and always having a hot cup of coffee ready for whoever stopped by.

Survivors include her children and their spouses, Tom of Tempe, Ariz., Bruce and Sissy of Isle, Jim and Mara of Albuquerque, N.M., Michelle and Damon Hoppe of Rice, Bill and Cheryl of La Crescent; brother and sisters, Cyril Baumann of Irvine, Calif., Florence Kaufenberg of Lamberton, Erna Koloski of Benson;  and 11 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bernard on December 30, 2006; daughter Deanna Sheehan on May 17, 2009; sister Millie Kaufenberg; brothers, Gene, Romuald and Lawrence Baumann.

Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 14 at 1 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Sartell. Friends and relatives may call one hour prior to the services on Thursday at Wlliams Dingmann Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids.

Guest Book and video tribute available online at: www.williamsdingmann.com

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