Rita, along with her husband, Paul, co-owned and managed the Town House Motel, Belleville, IL. Rita was responsible for all of the day-to-day operations of the motel, and also managed to keep an impeccable house. She always said, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” Mrs. Haas was a great cook, loved flowers, and adored her family and friends. She was a caring and hardworking woman loved by all.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Paul M. Haas, whom she married September 24, 1941, and who died April 25, 2006; her parents, John J. and Clara M., nee Ackerman, Huth; two sisters, Catherine Huth and Patricia (Clay) Campbell; a brother, John (Edna) Huth; three brothers-in-law, Oliver Birkner, Henry (Marlene) Haas, and Deacon Robert Becker; three sisters-in-law, Irene (Floyd) Mueller, Viola (Albert) Eros, and Florence (Oliver) Dahm; two great-grandchildren, Paul and Hope Thimsen; and a nephew, Joseph Mueller.
Surviving are a son, Richard (Bernie) Haas of Belleville;
three daughters, Sister Barbara Haas, SSND, of St. Louis, MO, Rita (Phil) Ochoa of Troy, IL, and Lisa (David) Hoffmann of Collinsville, IL;
four grandchildren, Ben (Brandi) Cordia, Jennifer (Frank) Clancy, Eric (Kathryn) Thimsen, and Drew (Stephanie) Cordia;
eight great-grandchildren, Kylie and Kayden Cordia, Frankie, Charlee, and Ally Clancy, Lillian Thimsen, Payton and Cruz Cordia, and one more on the way;
a sister, Margaret Birkner;
a brother, Jerome (Delores) Huth;
two sisters-in-law, Catherine Becker and Jane Haas;
a dear friend, Sister Barbara Geers, SSND;
and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
The Haas family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of Delmar Gardens South and Pathways Hospice for the loving care extended to Rita.
Memorials may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame or to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.
Visitation: Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 2018, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral procession will leave at 9:40 a.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, for a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Luke Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.
Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.
Arrangements by George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL