Rita Etling

Rita Etling
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Rita Marie Etling, 84, of Freeburg, IL, born April 9, 1933, in Belleville, IL, died Saturday, November 11, 2017.

Rita was an extraordinary woman. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg Women’s Club, and the Silver Creek Garden Club. Rita loved gardening, quilting, traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard E. Etling, whom she married on June 22, 1954, and who died on January 22, 1998; a son Craig Etling; and her parents, Louis and Cordelia, nee Wolfersberger, Koehr.

Surviving are five sons and four daughters,
Millard (Michelle) Etling and their three children, Cody Etling, Savannah and Genevieve Weeks;
Lynn (Dan) Margiotta and their three children, Alana (Tom) Lerch, Anthony and Matt Margiotta;
Curt (Heidi) Etling and their four children, Sophia, Serena, Claudia and Craig Etling;
Craig Etling (deceased) and his two children, Shannon and Drew Etling;
Keith (Karen) Etling and their three children, Caitlin (Luke) Poston, Lauren (Nick) Crossley and Paige Etling;
Jean (Kevin) Schoenborn and their three children, Jenna (Jason) Chierek, Sara (Brian) Fietsam and Jason (Alyssa) Schoenborn;
Jon Etling;
Kay (John) Polites and their child, Nicole Polites;
Julia (Greg) Veneziale and their two children, Greg and Jordan Veneziale;
Neil (Saskia) Etling and their two children, Carsten and Laura Etling;
eight great-grandchildren, Maya and Violet Lerch, Marina Margiotta, Oscar and Vivian Chierek, Ellie and Owen Fietsam, and Lydia Poston;
and two brothers, Fr. Louis Koehr and Vincent (Judy) Koehr.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday November 14, 2017, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL, with Fr. Mark Reyling officiating.

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


7 Comments on Rita Etling

Kevin Ross said : Guest Report Nov 21, 2017 at 3:57 AM

Extraordinary indeed. Rita was always a joy to talk to, and a great inspiration. She was also a work horse, always taking care of the grass, leaves, and plants mostly by herself. She will be deeply missed by many, myself included. My deepest sympathy and thoughts are with you.

  • Freeburg
  • Illinois
Anna Bracamonte said : Guest Report Nov 16, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Neil, My deepest heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Santa Nella
  • Ca
Jack/ Anna Marie / Crowe said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2017 at 9:40 PM

Rita was a great friend, we had a lot of good times selling Women's Club quilt changes . Garden Club at her house this past Oct. She always said we made a good team.Miss her hugs.

  • Freeburg
  • I'll 62243
Tim and Tina Reitzell said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2017 at 8:13 PM

Our sincere condolences to the Etling family. Our prayers are with you all..

  • Waterloo
  • il
Ron Duley said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2017 at 7:28 PM

May I offer my sincere condolences to the Etling family for the loss of your mother, grand-mother, great-grandmother and no doubt a great friend.

  • Livermore
  • CA
Philo and Sue Lund said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2017 at 8:33 AM

Philo and I offer our sincerest condolences to all of the Etling family, especially her siblings and children. We are privileged to have met Rita and come to know her through the hearts and minds of Neil, Saskia, Laura and Carsten. Rita was a lovely and gracious lady, strong in her faith and powerful in her love and commitment to her family. She is a role model for all of us and will be so for many decades to come. Peace be with all of you who loved her. Philo and Sue Lund

  • Bainbridge Island
  • WA
Steve Faryan said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2017 at 7:35 PM

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother Rit's. She was so kind and loving and yet tough and independent. We will keep the Etling's and extended family in our prayers. I know your Mom will be greatly missed by all of us as she was an extraordinary woman who cared for us all. Peace be with you!

  • glen ellyn
  • IL

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