Rita Politiski, 94, of Perham, formerly of Otter Tail Lake

Published 9:42am Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Updated 11:46am Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Rita Politiski, died peacefully on Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, with her family present at Sanford Health in Perham.

Rita Bernadine was born May 21, 1918, to Adolph and Anna (Pechacek) Schrieber in Wahpeton, N.D. She grew up on a farm near Doran, and attended grade school there, going on to graduate from Breckenridge High School in 1936.

After attending the Wahpeton “Science” School, she worked at the Court House and Sagness Store in Breckenridge.

On Oct. 12, 1944, Rita and Donald Politiski were married at St. Mary’s Church in Breckenridge, with Rather Petermeier officiating.

They lived in Doran their entire married life, where Don managed the Kent-Doran Grain Company elevator.

Together they raised three children —Tom, Pam and Jane.

Rita was a housewife and mom of the 50s and 60s. After Don died in 1975, Rita made her home on Otter Tail Lake, in a home Tom built especially for her.

There she enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and squirrels, being a Twins fan, and being with her kids. She will always be remembered as a good wife and mother.

In 2009, Rita moved to the Perham Living Home. She received excellent care and her family will be forever grateful to her caregivers.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Don; her parents; and two brothers, Melvin and Cyril.

She is survived by her loving children, Thomas, Pamela and Jane; along with a brother, Allen, and a sister-in-law, Helen (Jack) Peterson; and 10 nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Ottertail County Humane Society or any animal rescue program.

A small family funeral Mass was celebrated Nov. 29 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wahpeton, the church of her baptism, with Father Dale Lagodinski officiating. Glende-Nilson Funeral Home in Fergus Falls was in charge of arrangements.

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