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Rita A. Rasing, 82

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Rita A. Rasing, age 82 of New Hampton, passed away on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at New Hampton Nursing and Rehab with her family by her side.

A private memorial mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at Holy Family Parish with Father Brian Dellaert celebrating.  Please join the family via the Conway-Markham Funeral Home Facebook Page, live at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Burial will be held at St. Boniface Cemetery in Ionia.  

Online condolences for Rita’s family may be left at  Memorials may be directed to the family for a later designation.

Rita Ann was born Feb. 6, 1939, the daughter of John and Johanna (Hoffman) Jacobs in New Hampton.  

She attended school at St. Mary’s in North Washington.  

While attending a dance in Lawler, Rita met the love of her life, Leo Rasing.  The couple was united in marriage on April 25, 1956, at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. 

Rita and Leo made their home on the Rasing Farm and welcomed their eight children — Joyce, Karen, Linda, Ken, Jim, Kevin, Melvin and Bob.  

While raising her family, Rita worked outside the home at Bemiss Bakery in New Hampton.  She also obtained her CNA license and worked at New Hampton Care Center and Floyd County Memorial Hospital.  

Her most important role and true joy was being a wife, mother, and grandmother.  Together, Rita and Leo were an example of faith and love for their family.

She enjoyed playing cards, cooking, baking, traveling across the United States and wintering in McAllen, Texas.  Rita and Leo were members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Ionia.

Those left to cherish Rita’s memory are her children, Joyce Rasing of Hugo, Minnesota, Karen (Duane) Schwickerath of Waverly, Linda Woodruff of Rudd, Ken (Shari) Rasing of New Hampton, Jim Rasing of New Hampton, Kevin (Peney) Rasing of Fredericksburg, and Bob Rasing of Charles City; her 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren, one great great-grandchild; a brother-in-law, Roger (Kathleen) Rasing of Ankeny; a sister-in-law, Darlene Carver of Greenwood, Indiana; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was welcomed into Heaven by her parents; her husband, Leo on March 23, 2021; her son Melvin; grandson Travis; son-in-law Scott Woodruff; and her siblings, Helen (Dean) Chambers, John (Beverly) Jacobs, Mary (Paul) Meihost, JoAnn (Raymond) Meihost, Leo Jacobs, Linus (Marilyn) Jacobs, Francis (Josie) Jacobs and Melvin Jacobs in infancy.

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