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Ocala - Rita Louise Klippel, 69, of Ocala, FL, a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on December 5, 2012, at her home after a hard fought battle with ovarian cancer.
She was born on January 10, 1943 in Jacksonville, FL, to the late Mary Rita Tryon Smith and Franklin Smith, Jr.
Rita was raised in South Florida where she graduated from Notre Dame Academy, Miami, FL, in 1961. In 1982, she moved to Ocala with her husband and children. She worked as a Teacher's Aide for 25 years at Dunnellon Elementary School. She cared deeply for others and was always willing to help those in need. She was an avid Miami sports fan and enjoyed watching movies, playing cards, dancing, traveling, and most of all, being surrounded by family and loved ones. A devoted Catholic, she was a member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, FL.
She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Bob Klippel; her two wonderful sons, Bryan Lee Klippel and Christopher Scott Klippel; her two grandsons, Bryan Klippel, Jr. and Zachary Klippel; and her siblings, Frances Smith, Kathleen Johnston, Mary Anne Williams and Charles William Mersch and several nieces and nephews.
She was a wonderful, caring, loving person and will forever be missed.
Viewing will be on Monday, December 10th, 2012 between 3 p.m.- 6 p.m. at Hiers- Baxley TimberRidge Chapel, 9695 SW 110th St., Ocala. The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Hwy. 200, Ocala. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Memorial Contributions may be made to Hospice of Marion County. Condolences may be expressed at:
Published in Ocala Star-Banner from Dec. 7 to Dec. 10, 2012
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