Rita Christensen


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Posted Online: Jan. 25, 2013, 5:48 pm
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Rita L. Christensen, 85, of Ottawa, Ill., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Ottawa Pavilion.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, at St. Patrick's Church in Ottawa with the Rev. Joseph Donton officiating. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27, at Ottawa Funeral Home, 1111 LaSalle St., with the rosary being recited at 3 p.m. and Catholic Daughters of Americas in attendance. Burial will be at St. Columba Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Wayne, Larry, Dale, Allen and Ronald Christensen and Frank Magana. Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick's Church or Marquette Academy.
Rita was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Ottawa, to James and Mary Murphy Fox. She married Henry Christensen on May 7, 1949, at St. Columba Church. He preceded her in death on May 10, 1998. She was a member of St. Patrick's Church, the Altar and Rosary Society and Catholic Daughters of Americas.
She is survived by one daughter, Susan Christensen, Ottawa; one son, William "Bill" (Susan) Christensen, Seaton; three grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry; five brothers, Robert, James, Francis, John and Emmett Fox; and one sister, Alice Kiley.
The online guestbook may be viewed and remembrances shared at www.ottawafuneralhome.com.












 




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