Rita Dolores Koetters, 82, formerly of Quincy, died unexpectedly Friday morning (Jan. 11, 2013) in her home in Carol Stream. She was born March 7, 1930, in Quincy, a daughter to Ted and Bessie McCaughey. Rita graduated from Quincy Notre Dame in 1948 and married Gene Koetters, her high school sweetheart, on Aug. 18, 1951, in St. Rose Church. Gene and Rita quickly began a family-she was a devoted mother to her eight children and took great pride and joy in raising them. She was a fixture at Quincy Notre Dame in the 1970s and 1980s, watching her sons play basketball and soccer, as she was their biggest fan. She loved to play bridge and missed her bridge friends dearly when she and Gene moved to Chicago to be near their children. She could play a mean game of gin, and hated to lose. She was also an avid reader. She and Gene were active members of the Knights of Columbus and looked forward to working bingo, playing golf and visiting with friends. She spent the last 10 years taking care of Gene, as his health slowly declined, determined not to put him in a nursing home. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Survivors include eight children, Theresa Koetters (Jim Elsworth), Deanna (Robert) Christie, Timothy (Catherine) Koetters, Donna (Tom) Scherzer, Gary Koetters, Barb (Mike) Killion, Kevin (Susan) Koetters and Angela Koetters; 15 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Bette Awerkamp and Lucy Steinkamp. Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Joseph McCaughey and the Rev. Gerald McCaughey; three sisters, Ginny Powell, Catherine Wastler, and Rosemary Lear; and a daughter-in-law, Karen Koetters. SERVICES: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Duker and Haugh Funeral Home with a Mass at 10 a.m. in St. Francis Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Duc Pham, O.F.M. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. VISITATION: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home with a prayer service at 4:30 p.m. MEMORIALS: In lieu of flowers, to Quincy Notre Dame. ARRANGEMENTS: Duker and Haugh Funeral Home. WEBSITE: www.dukerandhaugh.com. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whig.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2013