Rita Walsh

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Rita L. Walsh, nee Nichting, 92, of Belleville, IL, born January 15, 1928, in St. Louis, MO, died Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at Oak Hill Nursing Home, Waterloo, IL.

Mrs. Walsh was a billing supervisor for Western Union before her retirement.  She was a member of St. Henry’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL. Rita was active in neighborhood watch, Boy Scouts, and volunteered her time at numerous charities. She loved to read, especially English history, work on family genealogy, and to travel, making many friends as a result of her travels.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Francis E. Walsh, whom she married on July 5, 1947 and who died on January 22, 2004; her parents, Lester and Rose, nee Leible, Nichting.

Surviving are three sons, Michael (Cheryl) Walsh of Terra Verde, FL, Patrick (Karen) Walsh of Millstadt, IL, and Brian (Cheryl) Walsh of Edwardsville, IL;
seven grandchildren, Brendan Walsh, Erin (Jesse) Petas, Megan Walsh, Sean Walsh, Daniel Walsh, Kyle Walsh, and Colin Walsh;
two great-grandchildren, Keely and Emmy;
a brother, Norman “Dennis” (Teresa) Nichting of St. Louis, MO;
a sister, Florence “Babe” Jacobs of St. Louis, MO;
and nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.rennerfh.com.

Visitation:  Friends may visit from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL. Standard CDC guidelines, including masks and a limited number of visitors at any one time will be observed.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Paderborn, IL, with Fr. James Voelker officiating.

Burial will be held at Valhalla Gardens of Memory, Belleville, IL.


8 Comments on Rita Walsh

Doris Scharf said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2021 at 9:33 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She was a special person. We rode together to work at Western Union in St Louis MO. She will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Helen Carty said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2021 at 9:00 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you. May Rita rest in peace. she was a dear friend. We had many good times together, wonderful memories.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
John Brendel said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2021 at 9:15 AM

I cannot begin to describe my level of sorrow. My deepest condolences. Rita has and always will have a special place in my heart.

  • San Antonio
  • Texas
john akridge said : Guest Report Jan 18, 2021 at 7:16 AM

Rita family my deepest sympathy..

  • Fairview Heights
  • IL
Clara Shoals said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2021 at 7:57 PM

Sending prayers and condolences to the family of Rita Walsh. Sorry to hear of your loss. Clara Shoals Retiree of Western Union CWA Local 6377

  • Dellwood
  • Mo
Earline Jones said : Guest Report Jan 17, 2021 at 2:34 PM

I knew Rita well. She was an employee of Western Union and a member of the United Telegraphs Workers Union and the Communications Workers of America. She will be missed. Earline Jones, Former President of UTW Local 3/CWA Local 6377

  • Florissant
  • MO
Edward and Catherine Turner said : Guest Report Jan 15, 2021 at 9:23 PM

Our deepest condolences. Prayers and comfort to friends and family.

  • Arcadia
  • Florida
Robyn and Michael Weilbacher said : Guest Report Jan 14, 2021 at 6:51 PM

Rita was such a very special part of our family’s lives. May God watch over Brian, Pat, and Michael and their families. Keeping all of you in our prayers. Robyn and Michael Weilbacher and Arlene Fishman

  • St. Louis
  • MO

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