September 5, 1921 - March 22, 2017
Rita M. Marklein age 95 of Spring Green peacefully passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 with her three girls by her side. She was born on September 5, 1921 the daughter of Peter and Anna (Bissen) Schmitz in Bear Valley, WI. She was married on October 19, 1946 to Bob Marklein and was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green. Rita’s personality set her apart. You only had to meet her for a short while to feel her genuine kindness, warmth and humor. She had a way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room. She was a wonderful mom and grandma and made each of us feel that we were “her favorite”. She held many jobs in the Spring Green area but by far her favorite was working at the Bank of Spring Green where she developed many strong friendships that continued after her retirement. In her 95 years she touched many lives- she truly had a wonderful life. Survivors include her 3 daughters, Joyce Loomis of Waunakee, Ann (Tom) Sippy of Madison, Renee (Joe) Dolan of Sparta, 7 grandchildren, Meeghan (John), Mark, Greg, Paul (Jessica), Jeff, Laura (Andrew), Karen, a granddaughter-in-law, Stacy, 2 great grandchildren, Chloe and Selah, 2 brothers, Joe (Catherine) Schmitz, Erwin (Lindy) Schmitz both of Bear Valley, nieces, nephews, her very special in-laws, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, son-in-law, Bob Loomis, a grandson, Wade Loomis, 4 sisters, Eva Schmitz, Zita Nachreiner, Gert Bindl, Anne Ring, 3 brothers, Gregor, Leonard and Francis Schmitz. A special thank you to Bucky and Arlene Peterson for their daily visits, friendship and unending support. She called them her angels, and indeed they were. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Catholic Church in Spring Green. Fr. John Silva will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at St. John’s Catholic Church from 4:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. and again on Wednesday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church or school, or to St. Killian’s Cemetery Association. Online condolences available at www.staffordfuneralhomes.com. The Richardson-Stafford Funeral home is assisting the family with the arrangements.