Rita Mary Monte, 87, of Belleville, Ill., born Oct. 30, 1928 in East St. Louis, Ill., died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Memorial Hospital, Belleville, Ill.
Rita was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill., and enjoyed gardening and playing the organ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wendel Gentry and Ramona Caroline, nee Faltus, Brinson; her husband, John H. Monte, Sr., whom she married on Feb. 12, 1949 in Pocahontas, Ark.; her son, John H. Monte, Jr.; and her sister, Carolyn Taylor.
Surviving are her children, Sharon Lee Raab of O'Fallon, Ill., Sondra Lynn (Donald) Otten of Chester, Ill., and Richard M. (Judy) Monte of Belleville, Ill.; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Monte of Belleville, Ill.; her sisters, Ann Elizabeth (Albert) Dolansky of Belleville, Ill., and Janet Dorothy Sandbrink of Maryville, Ill.; her grandchildren, Rebecca (Eric) Bokern of Belleville, Ill., Jeffrey Monte of Missouri, Nicholas Monte, Andrea Monte, Jeremy Monte, Timothy Monte, Bryan Monte of Godfrey, Ill., and Robert Monte of Nashville, Tenn.; her great-grandchildren, Sade Bokern and Elizabeth Monte; and nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.creasonfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Belleville, Ill.
Funeral: A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2016 at the church with Monsignor David M. Darin officiating. Interment will follow in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
CREASON FUNERAL HOME, Millstadt, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 15, 2016