Rita Dondlinger, 82, of Kellogg, MN was called home to her heavenly Father’s arms on October 18, 2021.
Rita Cecilia Lyons was born August 4, 1939 in Wabasha St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to Gus and Mary (Sader) Lyons.
She attended Dale School near Zumbro Falls, moved to Plainview in 1952 and graduated from Plainview High School in 1957.
On January 11, 1958 she married Kenneth Dondlinger, they lived near Rochester for 30 years where she farmed. They then moved to their Kellogg farm. She farmed till she had breast cancer and was a survivor. She has a strong work ethic and her faith gave her resilience in dealing with life’s challenges. She served in many jobs at church St. Francis, Lourdes, and St. Agnes Parishes.
She was so proud of her two daughters, Julie and Mary, and grandsons, Jeremiah and Benjamin. Rita is survived by her husband Kenneth, daughters Julie (Donald) Bicknese and Mary (Tom) Benike, two grandsons Jeremiah and Benjamin Bicknese and one sister Lucille Webster.
She was preceded in death by her folks, Gus and Mary Lyons, and a sister Mary Lou Waltman.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Felix Catholic Church, Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11 am with Reverend Paul Breza officiating. To honor Rita’s Request the visitation will be one hour prior to the mass.
Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Minneiska, Minnesota.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com