January 14, 1941 – Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church Greenf
July 2, 2011
Rita Beise, 70
Rita Beise, loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 28, 2011 at the age of 70.
Rita was born January 14, 1941 in Monticello, grew up on a dairy farm in Greenfield and lived there her whole life with her loving husband, Duane. She graduated from Buffalo High School in 1958, won the prestigious Betty Crocker Award and started working for General Mills until she married in 1960. Rita was very well known for her cooking and baking abilities: especially her peanut squares, caramel pecan bars and famous “ kuchens”. She was a lifelong member of the Salem Lutheran Ladies Aid. Rita loved being outside working in the fields, gardening, and canning her home grown vegetables.
Rita’s life was exemplified by her faith and her family. She was a role model as a strong Christian and her pride and joy came through spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by parents, Walter and Lillian Harff, and sisters, Dorothy (Richard) Gutknecht, and Caroline Bechtold.
She is survived by: her loving husband of over 50 years, Duane; son, Doug (Deb) Beise (Greenfield); daughter, Barb (Jaime) Sherwood (Greenfield); son, David (Laura) Beise (Chanhassen); grandchildren, Ashley Beise, Ben Beise, Mason Beise, Maya Beise, and Megan Sherwood; sisters Marlys (Howard) Schleif, Kathleen (Ronald) Tiemann, and Renata (Jack) Russek; brother-in-law, Willmar Bechtold; sisters-in-law, Mayella Yonak, Arvella Veches, and Judy Beise; brothers-in-law, Dennis (Janet) Beise, and Kenneth (Sharon) Beise; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends who loved her dearly.
Visitation from 3-8 p.m. (7:30 p.m. prayer service) on Friday, July 1, and the funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2 with visitation one hour prior. All services are at her lifelong home church of Salem Evangelical Lutheran, Greenfield, Minn. where she was baptized, confirmed and married, and now will lay to rest.
Casket bearers are: Tim Bechtold, Terry Schleif, Ken Schleif, Daryl Schleif, Mark Tiemann, Steve Gutknecht, Doug Stewart, and Marvin Marketon.
The Peterson Chapel St. Michael-Albertville Funeral Home will service the family.