Rita Buehlhorn

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Rita A. Buehlhorn, nee Richard, 95, of Belleville, IL, born February 29, 1924, in Belleville, IL, died Sunday, October 13, 2019, at Dammert Geriatric Center, Belleville, IL.

Rita graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame in 1942.  She worked in civil service at Scott Air Force Base for the Defense Commercial Communications Office for 25 years before her retirement.  Rita was an active member of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church and was involved with the St. Teresa’s Quilters and the St. Teresa’s Mothers Club.  She was also a cub scout den mother.

Mrs. Buehlhorn was known for her excellent sewing skills and loved to play cards with her family.  She thoroughly enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals play baseball.  Rita will be deeply missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Russell A. Buehlhorn, whom she married September 7, 1946, and who died June 27, 2014; her parents, Edward and Agnes, nee Schrader, Richard; two sons-in-law, Jeffrey Thomas and Steven Underdahl; and two brothers-in-law, Milton Buehlhorn and Robert Sheer.

Surviving are her son, Robert (Marilyn) Buehlhorn;
three daughters, Sharan Underdahl, Diane (Gary) Ceretto, and Sandra Thomas;
a sister, Rose Marie Sheer;
a sister-in-law, Jeanine Buehlhorn;
eight grandchildren, John, James (Crystal), and Joshua Buehlhorn, Scott (Shelby) Underdahl, Shellee Brandt, Gina Ceretto, Kerri (Patrick) Curtis, and Charles Thomas;
seven great-grandchildren, Erin (fiancé, Dustin Guettermann) Buehlhorn, Ethan and Elizabeth Buehlhorn, Braelyn and Lilly Brandt, and Amelia and Isabell Curtis;
a great-great-granddaughter, Nora Jane Guettermann;
five nephews, Michael (Marilyn), Jeffrey (Beth), Richard (Cheryl), David, and Christopher (Janel) Buehlhorn;
three nieces, Judy (Thomas) Hoff, Susan (Rick) Mauch, and Debra (Kirk) Petchulat;
and great-nieces and great-nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at both St. Francis and the Dammert Center for their loving care of Rita while she was a resident there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Esquiline or to St. Teresa’s Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation: Friends may visit from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Chapel of The Esquiline (Apartment Community) at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at the Chapel of The Esquiline, with Fr. Thomas Hayes, OMI, officiating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


2 Comments on Rita Buehlhorn

Gene Wiggins NARFE Chap. 1019 said : Guest Report Oct 15, 2019 at 4:12 PM

Sorry For Your Loss. Please accept this electronic message in lieu of a Sympathy Card. Local National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) volunteers provide help in reporting the death of any federal civilian retiree or a retiree’s spouse to proper authorities. They will explain the process as needed and if requested, can report the death to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM 888-767-6738) for you. They can also assist in filling out claim forms for survivor benefits and life insurance You may call either of our Service Officers, Jim Haley at 618 795-5174 or Dean Hemmer at 618 233-3819. If unable to reach either, you may call Gene Wiggins at 618 566-7980.

  • Mascoutah
  • IL
Gary Schneider said : Guest Report Oct 14, 2019 at 6:46 PM

Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Buehlhorn family on the passing of Rita. While I have not see Rita for several years she and Russ were always two of my favorites. Prayers for Rita and the entire family. Pat and Gary

  • Springfield
  • IL

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