FAIRFAX — Rita Firle, age 60, wife of Donald, passed away Friday, July 19, 2019, at her home in rural Fairfax.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax with Father Bruno Santiago and Deacon Roger Osborne officiating. Interment will be in Fort Ridgely Cemetery, Ridgely Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota.
Gathering of Family and Friends will be one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.
Rita Rosalie Firle was born on September 28, 1958, in Sleepy Eye. to Clarence and Marilyn (Wolterman) Wendinger. Rita was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, on May 18, 1970, both at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. She received her education in Fairfax and was a graduate of the Fairfax High School Class of 1976. Rita furthered her education at Willmar Area Vocational Technical School and graduated in 1977 with a LPN Degree.
On November 19, 1977, Rita was united in marriage to Donald Firle at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. After their marriage, the couple resided in Fairfax. Rita and Donald were blessed with four children. She was employed as a LPN at the Fairfax Community Home and New Ulm Medical Center. Most recently, she was employed as a Lead Trainer at Hutchinson Technology. Rita and Donald shared 41 years of marriage.
Rita was a member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax.
Rita was the most kind and selfless person we knew. She would not hesitate to help someone in need and had tons of love to share. She taught us all that family came first. We enjoyed many family days with the best ones at the farm. She always welcomed us with a smile. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren but most of all she loved spending time with her husband. They enjoyed cooking, gardening, going on road trips and relaxing by a fire on the patio. Her laugh was delightful and will never be forgotten.
Rita is survived by her husband, Donald Firle of Fairfax; children, Karen Firle (Jessy Freitag) of Fairfax, Lisa (Curtis) Nachreiner of Fairfax, Jared (Marcie) Firle of Fairfax, and Ann (Scott) Schroeder of New Prague; grandchildren, Kamren Freitag, Madalynn, Lydia, Kellen and Sylvia Nachreiner, Landon and Dawson Firle; sisters, Marcia (Gary) Lee, Joni (Eugene) Nachreiner, and Linda (Mark) Forst; brothers, Larry Wendinger and Ron (Lori) Wendinger; mother-in-law, June Firle; brothers-in-law and sisters-in law, Brad (Eiliene) Firle, Brenda (Dave) Zollner, Ken (Renae) Firle, Dave (Vicky) Firle, Greg (Jennifer) Firle; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Marilyn Wendinger; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Corwin and Marvel Firle.
Arrangements by Hauser-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Fairfax. Online obituaries and guest book available at www.hantge.com Please click on obituaries and guest book.