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Rita Catherine Maki

Sebring, Florida

Mar 5, 1923 – Jan 31, 2020 (Age 96)


March 5, 1923
January 31, 2020
Sebring, Florida


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Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home - Sebring Obituary

Rita Catherine Maki, age 96, born on March 5, 1923 in Howard, South Dakota, she went peacefully to her eternal home on January 31, 2020 in Sebring, FL. Rita was a women of great faith who loved the Lord Jesus. She also enjoyed giving and receiving hugs, and loved to smile and laugh. She was content and always talked about how blessed she was in her life, and when the time neared, she was more than ready to go home to heaven.

She was the youngest of three daughters born to Theodore and Clara Bode. She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Hilda and Marie, and two husbands, Elder V. Olson and Raymond T. Maki. She is survived by her children, Janis (Jerry) Ellsworth, Kayla (Bill) Partykula, Jeff (Mary) Olson, Kyle( Sherri) Olson, Randen Olson and Gayle Wajda and her step-children, Marlene Marla Shaw, Dianne (Kyle) Haviland, Linda Pfent, Sharon (ED) Gould, Sarah Drake, Marlene (Tom) Overheul and Darlene (Larry) Selph. She also leaves behind her sister-in-law Gerry Olson, brother-in-law Terry Maki, numerous Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren,Nieces,Nephews, and her much loved LeeAnn Nielsen.

After high school,she attended St. Joseph's School of Nursing, receiving her certificate of Graduate Nurse (RN). She moved to Detroit, MI in 1943 to begin her nursing career. It was there she met her first husband, Elder and they later moved to Livonia, MI. After being widowed she met her second husband, Raymond and moved to Brimley, MI in 1974. In 1981 they moved to Lake Placid, FL and shortly after to Sebring, FL. 

A memorial service is planned for March 5, 2020 at Maranatha Baptist Church, 35 Maranatha Blvd, Sebring, FL 33870. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am and the service at 11:00 am.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to Maranatha Baptist Church with a designation for the Manor, the church assisted living facility.

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When I was in middle school I met my best friend , Gayle Olsen! We did everything together and she told me her moms name was Rita! So of course when I saw this on Facebook I knew immediately that this is the obituary of my friends mother. No one has ever told me their mothers name when I first met them but Gayle and I had a friendship born with firsts. I wont go into all the details, because there are so many, I will just say that I remember Rita, and Gayles father, Elder,would drive us to...