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Rita Filzen

Rita Filzen, age 77, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022, at the New Ulm Medical Center with her family by her side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, with Father Gerald Meidl officiating. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at Minnesota Valley Funeral Homes-NORTH chapel in New Ulm and will continue 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

To leave an online condolence for her family, or sign the guestbook, go to: mvfh.org.

Rita is survived by her daughters, Carrie (John) Meredith of New Ulm and Julie (Ross) Hellendrung of New Ulm; sons, Terry (Lisa) Filzen of Duluth and Dale (Laura) Filzen of New Ulm; grandchildren, Brandon Rodewald, Nathan Rodewald, Cody Rodewald, Tamara Hellendrung, Russell Hellendrung, Andrew Hellendrung, Justin Filzen, Raquel Rilzen, Iarkin Lalor, Landon Lalor, Langston Lalor, Tiffany Stewart, Toni-Ann Weber, Marcus Weber, Marqavion Heafner, Tylee Heafner; 20 great-grandchildren; sisters, Donna Holm of New Ulm and Lois (Arlyn) Keute of New Ulm; brothers, Dave Hesse of New Ulm, Steven (Jenny) Hesse of New Ulm, Leo Hesse of New Ulm; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; great-grandchild, Jackson Stewart; brothers, Gary Hesse and John in infancy; sisters-in-law, Judy Hesse, Mabel Kral, Gladys Elrod, Phyllis Gulden; and brothers-in-law, Donald Filzen, Roger Filzen, James Holm; Godson, Travis Keute.

Rita Mae Hesse was born Feb. 3, 1945, in New Ulm to Elmer and Loretta (Rieger) Hesse. She attended New Ulm High School. Rita was united in marriage to Richard Filzen on Nov. 24, 1962, in New Ulm. The couple was blessed with two sons and two daughters. Rita and Richard made their home and raised their children on their farm, where Rita was a dedicated mother, homemaker, meticulous housekeeper, queen of laundry and helper with the farm. Rita lived a majority of her life on their farm until the last few years of her life, when she had moved to town. Rita was a caregiver to everyone. She had a love for horses and horse shows, which she carried on to her grandchildren. She found great joy in watching her grandsons play hockey. Rita was thought of as “fancy” to many. She enjoyed shopping, getting her hair and nails done, and always looking nice. To Rita, family was everything. She had a very special relationship with her sisters and was the best grandma to her grandchildren. The love and closeness they had for each other was one of a kind. Rita was a social butterfly with a sweet, caring voice and a beautiful smile, that will be missed greatly. Blessed be her memory.

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