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Edward Boggio
June 2, 1932 ~
November 08, 2018
Date of Service: November 17, 2018

Charlene MacMaster
October 27, 1965 ~
November 11, 2018
Date of Service: November 17, 2018

Vern Voegele
November 27, 1938 ~
November 13, 2018
Date of Service: November 17, 2018

Virginia "Ginnie" Olson
August 17, 1955 ~
November 07, 2018
Date of Service: November 24, 2018

Theodore Williams
January 25, 1940 ~
November 15, 2018
Date of Service: November 25, 2018

Andrea (Andi) Bennett
May 15, 1970 ~
October 25, 2018
Date of Service: November 26, 2018

Robert Fellenz
February 5, 1932 ~
November 09, 2018
Date of Service: December 03, 2018

Eloise Hargrove
May 31, 1934 ~
November 15, 2018

Eunice Nelson
August 28, 1926 ~
November 10, 2018

Irene Tompers
September 25, 1930 ~
November 08, 2018

Roger Robison
June 22, 1920 ~
November 08, 2018

Christopher Scott
March 20, 1963 ~
November 06, 2018

David Huttinga
August 8, 1963 ~
November 05, 2018

Gerald Ault
November 28, 1928 ~
November 04, 2018


Rita Kieffer

November 14, 1922 ~ October 27, 2018

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, Rita Violet (Buksyk) Kieffer passed away peacefully just 17 days before her 96th birthday.

Rita was born on November 14, 1922, in Menahsa, Wisconsin.  She grew up in Wisconsin with her sisters and four brothers and enjoyed swimming, ice skating, and going to dances.  Rita married her husband, Charles, during WWII and gave birth to their six children in Wisconsin.  The family moved to California in 1956 where she lived until moving to Montana in her senior years.

Rita loved to read, bake bread, garden, and preserve fruits and garden vegetables.  Rita took pride in being a mother and a homemaker.  However, over the course of her life, she also worked in a factory, as a house cleaner, and a childcare provider.

She and Charles raised their son, Tim, who was born with Down Syndrome.  Rita cared for her son with this disability far into his adulthood. 

Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; her sisters, Olive and Della; three of four brothers, Elmer, Norman, and David; and one of her sons, Tim.  She is survived by one brother, William; one son, Don; four daughters, Kathleen, Lavon, Patricia, and Lyndell; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.

Rita was cremated, and her ashes will be placed at a future date with ashes of her husband, Charles, and son, Tim, in Bloomfield, California.

Her family would like to thank the people at Spring Meadows and Compassus Hospice for all her wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Rita’s name to Special Olympics, P.O. Box 3507, Great Falls, MT 59403, or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

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