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Rita Gehred Botkin Notice
Gehred Botkin, Rita (Nee Ingrassia ) 82. Died peacefully Friday, Jan. 24, in Albuquerque, surrounded by loving family. She was born in Rockford Dec. 27, 1931, the middle child of Rose Drago Ingrassia and Anthony Salvatore Ingrassia. She graduated from Rockford High School at age 16, and went on to graduate with honors from Beloit College with a B.A. degree in English. Rita taught English in Rockford until marrying Thomas Allen Gehred on June 15, 1955 and settling in southeastern Wisconsin. Raising their nine children became her life's work and joy. As an empty-nester, Rita resumed teaching as a substitute in Waukesha County schools, raising money to take worldwide adventures. Rita eventually made it to all the continents save Antarctica, relishing each experience. After the death of Tom on Oct. 12, 1993, Rita moved to the southwest, settling in Albuquerque in the Sandia foothills. She married Ronald "Bo" Botkin on Aug 7, 2001, sharing a love of sports and travel. Rita was a founding member of the Wandering Star Camping Group. She was also a member of the Happy Hoofers Hiking Club and Bear Canyon Senior Center. She loved the arts, literary short stories, opera, nature, and lifelong learning opportunities. She had a deep faith and felt at home at First Unitarian Church. Rita is survived by her husband, Bo and sister, Camille Kiegel; her sons: Paul (Patti) Gehred; John (Ann) Gehred; Robert (Angie) Gehred; and her daughters: Anne (Rick) Schultz; Clare (Marco) Matranga; Elizabeth Gehred; and Meg (Dean) Hoornaert; as well as her daughters-in-law Stacey (Taugher) Gehred and Larisa (Pyskir) Gehred. Rita has four daughters by marriage: Caron (Andre) Wegener, Sharon Botkin, Kristin (Derek) Coffey, and Heather (Rich) Breeden. She is survived by twenty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild, as well as eight step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren, and many extended family and friends that were dear to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Anthony, and first husband, as well as her sons Mike and Jim Gehred. There will be two services honoring Rita's life. The first will be held Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5 PM in Albuquerque. The second will be held May 19, 2014 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, arrangements pending. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made in her name to , at doctorswithoutborders.org, or the , at americancancersociety.org
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Jan. 28, 2014
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