Rita Bemis

Rita Bemis (Wagner)

Sunday, April 27th, 1930 - Friday, July 10th, 2020
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Rita Bemis, 90, of Dubuque, passed away Friday, July 10, 2020, at Bethany Home.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, at Church of the Resurrection, 4300 Asbury Rd., and will be live-streamed on the Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page. Rev. Phillip Gibbs will officiate. Use of masks and social distancing are kindly requested by the church. Visitation will be private. Interment will be in Mount Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home and Crematory, 2659 JFK Rd.

Rita was born April 27, 1930 in Dubuque, the daughter of Frank and Lorraine (Thomas) Wagner. Rita was educated at Immaculate Conception Academy and at St. Francis School of Nursing. She married Harry J. Bemis on July 15, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He preceded her in death on January 9, 2009.

Rita was employed as a pediatric nurse at Xavier Hospital. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and Church of the Resurrection. Rita served as class chairperson for the I.C. Alumnae, and as president, secretary, and newsletter editor. She was also a member of the Dubuque County Farm Bureau. Rita enjoyed sewing, baking chocolate chip and sugar cookies for her family, and playing cards with various card clubs.

Rita is survived by her children, Steve (Mary) Bemis, Mary (Bob) Eigenberger, Pam Baal, Rev. Terry (Justine) Bemis, Christine (Tom) Rogers, and Tim (Amy) Bemis, all of Dubuque, Theresa (Jay) Erschen of Apache Junction, AZ, Linda (Tyler) Dugan of Madison, WI, Harry (Jenny) Bemis III, and Dan Bemis, both of Davenport, IA; 22 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren; her siblings, Sr. Mary Ann Wagner OSF of Dubuque, Patricia Billings of Peoria, AZ, Sr. Anthony Wagner OSF of Dubuque, David (Judy) Wagner, of Rubicon, WI, and Denis (Kathy) Wagner of Asbury; a brother in law, Bud Kass of New Lisbon, WI; and many extended family members.

In addition to her husband, Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her brother Richard; her twin sisters Jeanan Mullen and Jean in infancy; her sister, Marilyn Kass; and her sister in law, Kathy Wagner.

Rita’s family would like to thank Bethany Home for their great care of Rita, and to Hospice of Dubuque.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Dubuque.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, July 13th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, July 13th, 2020 11:00am
    Resurrection Catholic Church
    4300 Asbury Rd.
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    Service will be Livestreamed on Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home Facebook page.
    Rev. Phillip Gibbs
  • Interment

    Mount Calvary Cemetery
    1111 Davis Street
    DUBUQUE, IA 52001
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Marilyn (Selchert) Steinhoff

Posted at 04:15pm
Being a friend of Mary when growing up and seeing you was fun.Mary please get a hold of me later. Thoughts and prayers for the family.

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Rich and Carrie Cannon

Posted at 12:34pm
With our deepest deepest sympathy, we are thinking of you all during this difficult time.
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thinking of everyone. remembering the good times on elm street. bev schetgen reinert

Mathew, Pam Wagner and family

Posted at 07:59pm
Let the love of the Lord be with you in this time of heartache. I hope you can find comfort knowing that she is celebrating life in Gods kingdom.
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