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Rita Stringer

Rita A. Stringer, nee Ralph, 82, of Belleville, IL, born July 10, 1934, in Springfield, IL, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Rita was a homemaker and babysitter. Rita had a strong faith in God and was a former member of both St. Henry’s Catholic Church and First United Presbyterian Church, Belleville, IL. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt.  She was actively involved in the lives of her family and the children she babysat for. She will be deeply missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Daryel E. Stringer, whom she married on June 9, 1962, and who died on June 17, 1995; her parents, George C. and Mabel, nee Hesse, Ralph; two sons, David Stringer and Larry Stringer; a daughter in infancy, Geraldine Stringer; five brothers, George Ralph, Jim Ralph, Bob Ralph, John Ralph, and Tom Ralph; and four sisters, Theresa Deschene, Donna Kunz, Mary Louise Ralph, and Marguerite Ralph.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon Stringer-Osborne;
a son, Kevin Stringer;
a granddaughter, Lexi Osborne;
a sister, Ellen Dahlkamp;
four sisters-in-law, Loretta Ralph, Mary Ralph, Louise Ralph, and Lynn Ralph;
one brother-in-law, Ed Kunz;
and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.  Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Springfield, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Springfield, IL, with Rev. Braden Maher officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Springfield, IL. A memorial service in Belleville, IL, will be held at a later date.

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Condolences Left For Rita Stringer

    We are sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was a kind lady and always willing to help out if needed. Whether it be to watch the children, give directions or anything else. She always had a smile on her face. Sending prayers to you all.

    Diggs Family, Belleville, IL, 62226

    Dear Sharon, Kevin & Stringer Family,

    My sympathy on the death of your mom.
    We were next-door neighbors on Shirley Drive. She was a really nice neighbor and a kind lady.
    Susan Schomber

    Susan Schomber, Maryville, Illinois, 62062

    Love and Prayers Sherry and Kevin! Aunt Rita was a beautiful person inside and out and so very loved by everyone who had the privilege to know her.

    I have very fond memories of holidays and summers together and nothing can take those away. They will always be with me and I thank her for them.

    To my Aunt Rita...Until we meet again, stay safe in heaven's hands...give my mom (Theresa) my love and tell her I miss her everyday. Watch over us together, you were always a good team!

    Nancy (Deschene) Hansen, Garden Prairie, Illinois, 61038

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