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April 30, 1939 – Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Service Information
Church of St. Michael in St. Michael, Mn
November 1, 2010
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information

Rita Catherine Bitzer 71 of St. Michael passed away Wednesday October 27, 2010 at North Memorial Hospital in Robbinsdale, Minnesota.

Rita Catherine Bitzer was born April 30, 1939 in Hanover, Minnesota to William and Helen (Whiteford) Ende. She grew up in Hanover and graduated from Buffalo High School.

On May 6, 1960 she was united in marriage to Gordon Walter Bitzer. To this union one daughter was born. The family lived in St Michael near Pelican Lake. After her husband Gordon passed away in 1996, Rita drove school bus for the special needs students for several years in the St. Michael – Albertville School District. In 1999 she moved into her daughters home and has lived there since. Rita enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening and bird watching. She especially enjoyed watching the Minnesota Vikings and the Twins on television.

Rita is survived by her daughter; Patty (Tom) Holthaus and granddaughter Wendy Holthaus of St. Michael, sister Marie (Bengie) Kiphuth of Buffalo, and sister-in-laws; Polly Anderson of Becker, Bernie Ende of St. Cloud and Donna Maurice of Monticello.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Helen Ende, her husband Gordon in 1996, brother Jim Ende, and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law; Jim Maurice, Harvey Schlief, David & Phyllis Bitzer.

Mass of Chrisitian Burial will be Monday, November 1, 2010 at 11:00 am at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in St. Michael, MN. Visitation will be Sunday 4pm to 8 pm with a Parish Prayer Service at 7:30 pm all held at the Peterson Chapel in St. Michael – Albertville. Visitation will continue at the church on Monday one hour prior to services. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.

Peterson Chapel of St. Michael – Albertville assisted the family with arrangements.

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