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Rita Ann Welshons, 86

Rita A. Welshons, age 86, of Hastings, died July 12, at Regina Transitional Care.

Rita was born July 22, 1927, in Dorchester, Iowa, to Theodore and Mary (Schulte) Schwartzhoff. She was a graduate of Caledonia, Minnesota High School, Class of 1945, and married Paul R. Welshons, on Oct. 4, 1947, in Caledonia.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Martha; three sisters; and five brothers.

Rita is survived by her husband, Paul; children, Barbara (Mike) McBeath, Gretchen Welshons, Gwendolyn (Richard) Lambert, Paula (Michael Silberbach) Welshons, Marita (Mark) Bliven, Richard (Jodie) Welshons and David (Molly) Welshons; also 20 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Florence Bissen and Regina Tony; and brother, Robert (Carol) Schwartzhoff.

The Funeral Mass, officiated by Fr. David Hennen, will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 17, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2035 Fifteenth St. West, Hastings. Visitation will be held 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 E. Seventh St., Hastings, and one hour prior to the service at church. Interment will follow in the parish cemetery.

Pallbearers are Dick Tronnier, Dick Radabaugh, Jim Schneider, Charlie Peterson, Duane Groth and Roger Tonsager.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Total Life Care Center, 919 Vermillion St., Suite 100, in Hastings, MN 55033.

Arrangements were made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419.