Maria "Rita" Rasker Witte

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Sept. 10, 1924 – Jan. 16, 2016
Some people are brought to us as beacons and sources of light, to help guide us through life. Rita was such a person. Rita was caring and compassionate beyond measure. She never held back a compliment, and never said anything hurtful. She loved to host. She would plan dinners and cook for days preparing. Rita never went without offering treats, decadent chocolates or a glass of orange juice to visitors and guests. She loved raspberry and currant picking in her backyard. She was and exceptional artistic, painting beautiful oils and water colors. She was adventurous and loved travel and different cultures. She spoke five languages. She was strong, an athlete, and played tennis daily into her mid-80s.

One of the last conversations with one of her granddaughters was about kissing. She talked about how she wanted to kiss everyone and how you should kiss the ones you love. This really embodied how she would shine love and compassion onto others. She and Nol were married for nearly 62 years, and it was wonderful to see such a enduring and loving relationship. She was a consistent and powerful source of positive energy. Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, she moved on to new horizons, but the light she has cast upon us remains bright. May she rest in peace.

Rita is survived by her husband Nol; her two sons Arn Rasker (Boulder, Colorado) and Ray Rasker (Bozeman, Montana); her two daughters-in-law Roseann and Jodi; and her four grandchildren Kasia, Anders Rasker, Hannah, and Hillary. ?

Rita's life will be celebrated at 4 p.m. this Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at 4782 Valhalla Drive, Boulder, CO 80301
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Jan. 23, 2016
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