Rita A. Zoeller, 87, of Columbia, Ill., born Aug. 23, 1928, in Paderborn, Ill., passed away May 6, 2016.
Rita was a member of the Immaculate Conception Altar Sodality, Columbia Gymnastic Association Auxiliary and Sister Cities of Columbia, Ill. She had retired from First Bank in Columbia, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester "Pete" Zoeller, whom she married on Sept. 9, 1948, in Smithton, Ill., and who died Aug. 14, 2002; her parents, Peter and Cecelia, nee Brielmaier, Neff; her brother, Herbert (Helen) Neff; brothers-in-law, Jim Zoeller, and Leo Shea; and sister-in-law, Arlene Neff.
Surviving are her daughters, Mary (Albert) DeLassus of Florissant, Mo., and Linda Zoeller of Columbia, Ill.; sons, Robert (Linda) Zoeller of Bel Air, Md., and John (Donna) Zoeller of North Palm Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Lindsey (James) Stephens, Lauren Zoeller, Evan Zoeller, and Chelsea (George) Cepicky; great-grandchildren, Drake and Cameron Stephens; brothers, Loraine 'Beanie' (Helen) Neff of New Athens, Ill., Anthony 'Tony' Neff of Smithton, Ill., and Cyril (Janet) Neff of Swansea, Ill.; sisters-in-law, Helen Mae Shea of Columbia, Ill., and Joan Zoeller of Columbia, Ill.; along with other relatives and friends.
As an expression of sympathy, the family prefers memorial contributions to: The Eugene Schorb - Immaculate Conception School Education Fund, 411 Palmer Rd., Columbia, Ill. 62236. For more information, please access our website, www.lawlorfuneralhome.com.
Visitation: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia, Ill.
Funeral: A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia, Ill., with Father Carl Scherrer officiating. Interment will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Columbia, Ill.
LAWLOR FUNERAL HOME, Columbia, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on May 8, 2016