Rita Ann Peterson, age 88, of Greeley, Kansas, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018, at Residential Living Center, Garnett.
She was born on April 30, 1930 in Greeley, Kansas, the daughter of William Joseph and Essie Josephine (Raitinger) Lickteig. Rita graduated from Greeley High School with the Class of 1948. Following high school, she worked at the Greeley Co-op Elevator until she married the love of her life, Carroll Lars Peterson on August 22, 1950 in Greeley, Kansas. This union lasted 67 years and was blessed with eight children.
Rita was very strong in her Catholic faith. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society. She was also a member of the Greeley VFW Auxiliary and volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Senior Citizens Center in Greeley. Rita enjoyed painting, crocheting, gardening, and especially her flowers. She enjoyed going on bus trips to various places with the local ladies. Rita was a devoted wife and mother, and grandmother. Enjoying her grandchildren was her passion.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, William and Essie Lickteig; one son, Jerry Peterson; two brothers, Robert Lickteig and Paul Lickteig; three sisters, Helen Miller, Florine Hermreck, and Eva Bastian; and one step grandson, Shaun Pillow.
She is survived by her husband, Carroll Peterson of the home; five daughters, Patty Wine and husband Sam of Madison, Kansas; Jane Ledell and husband Bert of McPherson, Kansas; Judy Beydler and husband Calvin of McPherson, Kansas; Cathy Estes and husband Michael of Caney, Kansas; Mary Jo Pillow and husband Elbert of Gardner, Kansas; two sons, Bill Peterson and wife Colette of Ovilla, Texas; Bob Peterson and wife Lynda of Kansas City, Missouri; 17 grandchildren, Taylor Wine, Shari Teach, Nettie Ledell, Trent Peterson, Andrew Peterson, Landon Peterson, Michelle Kraus, Caitlin Estes, Rachel Renfro, Jonathan Estes, Nicole Criscione, Jesse Peterson, Rebekah Cummings, Jennifer Peterson, Christopher McCowan, Aubrey Pillow, Avery Pillow; one step grandson, Ashlee Pillow; and 13 great grandchildren; two brothers, Father Anthony Lickteig of Leawood, Kansas; Walter B. Lickteig and wife Dorothy of Greeley, Kansas; two sisters, Loretta Lickteig and Wilma Peine and husband Joe, all of Garnett, Kansas.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Greeley, with burial to follow at St. John’s Cemetery. A rosary will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Monday evening at the church with visitation to follow at St. John’s Hall.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Rose Philippine Duchesne School in Garnett.
You may send your condolences to the family at www.feuerbornfuneral.com.