Rita Strumberg

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Rita J. Strumberg, nee Poelker, 68, of Belleville, IL, born August 16, 1954, in Belleville, IL, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at her home with her family by her side.

Rita enjoyed family holidays. She always prepared a feast. Annual vacations, get togethers, playing cards, and preparing and serving meals to Celebrate Recovery were a few of her passions.

Rita was preceded in death by her loving husband of 36 years, Daniel “Danny” Strumberg, whom she married on July 19, 1979, and who died on June 11, 2016; and her parents, Robert and Regina, nee Reeb, Poelker.

Surviving to cherish in her memory are her son, Daniel (Nicole) Strumberg of Belleville, IL; a brother, Thom Poelker of Belleville, IL; a sister, Janet (Dennis) McLaurin of Fairview Heights, IL; a sister-in-law, Judy Behrman of Belleville, IL; a nephew, Jim Sodam of Shiloh, IL; her aunt, uncle, nieces and nephews, and friends; and her “just like a daughter” Mandi Hediger and granddaughter, Madison.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Celebrate Recovery, St. Matthew Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 10 to 12 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2023, at St. Matthew Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral:  A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, August 26, 2023, at St. Matthew Church, 1200 Moreland Drive, Belleville, IL, with Pastor Bob Swickard officiating.


8 Comments on Rita Strumberg

Terri Mineman said : Guest Report Aug 28, 2023 at 2:44 PM

Dan & family, So sorry to hear about your mother. Cherish all the memories you have of/with her.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Teyawna Mason said : Guest Report Aug 25, 2023 at 6:07 PM

God places people in our lives for several reasons. His purpose allows us to learn something. I learned GOODNESS. Thank you Nurse Rita for being generous, selfless and a rock-star nurse. Continuous prayers for her family!

  • Lebanon
  • Il
Kimberly said : Guest Report Aug 23, 2023 at 6:20 PM

My dear Rita, I'm truly saddened, you will be missed but never forgotten. May Dan and Janet find peace within during their time of bereavement. Bereavement has no timer on it, one day at a time. Rita continue to S.I.P.😭💔🙏🏾

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Chad Rollins said : Guest Report Aug 21, 2023 at 9:48 AM

Rita was a great Nurse at Parents and Friends SLC. She cared for all the individuals that lived there. She will be missed by all that knew her. My heart is heavy. Prayers for her family. Chad

  • belleville
  • IL
Alicia said : Guest Report Aug 17, 2023 at 11:16 AM

I met Rita working at SLC. She was a wonderful nurse. She loved her sissy and son. Anyone who knew her knew her love for her family. Praying God gives you enduring strength and peace. She will truly be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinios
Julie R Wakefield said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2023 at 2:01 PM

I met Rita years ago when we worked together, she was a mentor to me. She was so sweet with the residents and they all loved her. We shared many stories of our families with each other and we always had a good laugh on the hardest days at work. Rita was a great woman. Many thoughts and prayers to her family during this difficult time.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Nancy Zahner said : Guest Report Aug 07, 2023 at 8:40 AM

Danny, Janet and Tom, so sorry to hear about Rita's passing. I considered her my widow sister. We talked several times on the phone about discounts and home repair issues. She will be missed.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois h
Kathy McDade said : Guest Report Aug 05, 2023 at 12:50 PM

Deepest Sympathy to Janet & Dennis & Thom , may God give yous n her son, the strength. She is no longer in pain & she is with her husband in Heaven, RIP Rita

  • Belleville
  • IL

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