Rita Eleanor (Gaffney) Schweitzer (1919 - 2016)

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CEDAR RAPIDS – Rita Eleanor Schweitzer, 97, of Cedar Rapids passed away on September 25, 2016, at Hallmar in Cedar Rapids. Visitation will be at Fawcett Funeral Home, Winthrop, Iowa, 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 28 and until 10:30 a.m. Thursday, September 29. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop on Thursday, September 29. The Rev. David Beckman will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery at Winthrop.
Survivors include her daughters: Geri (Paul) Hasley of Cedar Rapids and Joyce (Bob) Weger of Cedar Rapids; six grandchildren: Mark Schweitzer, Lisa Schwietzer (Andy Miller), Heather (Jared) Morris, John (Jen) Weger, Joe (Katie) Hasley, and Elizabeth (Corey) Rubin; eight great grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son Gary; and four siblings: Deloris Gaffney, Leonard (Jenny) Gaffney, Margie (Charlie) Quinn, and Betty Jean (Jack) Cohrs.
Rita was born August 22, 1919, in Winthrop to Martin and Nellie (Brophy) Gaffney. She was united in marriage to John Schweitzer on December 27, 1943 at Winthrop. He passed away in 2009. She was a substitute teacher in Cedar Rapids for twenty-seven years. Rita and John were charter members of St. Pius X Catholic Church. She was a devoted wife, gentle mother, generous grandmother, and faithful friend. She was proud of her Irish heritage, had a remarkable memory and was a wonderful musician.
The family would like to thank all the staff at Hallmar for their care and support.
Memorial donations may be directed to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Winthrop, Iowa.
Please leave online condolences for the family at www.fawcettsfuneralhome.com under obituaries.
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Published in Independence Bulletin-Journal from Sept. 27 to Oct. 5, 2016