Rita Knueppel, 92, formerly of Iron Ridge

September 25, 2018

Rita A. Knueppel (nee Hagen), 92, Hartford, formerly of Iron Ridge, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at the Waterford in Hartford.

Rita was born May 30, 1926, in the town of Herman in Dodge County to Thecla (nee Becker) and Carl Hagen. She was united in marriage to Eddie Knueppel on June 14, 1947, in Neosho. She worked on the family farm alongside her husband until his passing in 1996. She continued working on the farm all she could to assist her son Randy. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, embroidery and had a fondness for cats.

Rita is survived by her loving children, Kenneth of Jackson, Sharon of Iron Ridge, Robert (Cheryl) Knueppel of Hustisford, Sandra (Gerald) Uecker of Mayville, Randy of Iron Ridge, and Ricky (Michele) Knueppel of Verona; cherished grandchildren, Tiffany (Jeff) Bottoni, Kayla Knueppel, Angela (fiancé, Don Schaefer), Tammy Uecker, Melissa (Tony) Pieper, Shawn (Amy) Uecker, Keaton and Kallie Knueppel; cherished great-grandchildren, Nolan Bottoni, Brianna Schaefer, Bryanna Brace, Allisa Pieper, and Greyson Uecker; dear siblings, Corrine (Milton) Roll, Charles (June) Hagen, Ann (Walter) Beine, Mary Joan (William) Klink, Mardell (Ray) Roskopf, and Jerome (Dorothy) Hagen; and sister-in-law, Arlene Hagen. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other loved relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband of 50 years, Eddie; dear brothers, Gerald and Gene Hagen; and several siblings-in-law.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. at Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union St., Hartford. Family will greet relatives and friends at the funeral home Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Rita’s family shares its sincere gratitude with the nursing staff and caregivers at the Waterford in Hartford for their kindness and support over the years along with the great care given by Aurora at Home Hospice.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. Condolences and tributes may be shared at shimonfuneralhome.com.

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