Rita J. Brasch, 73, of Sandusky, went to be with the Lord late Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2009, surrounded by her family at Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky, after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Sandusky, Jan. 2, 1936, andwas a 1953 graduateof Sandusky High School. She worked as a waitress for10 years at Ehrensberger Restaurant, andthen as a secretary at Providence School of Nursing for almost 20 years, retiring in 2000.
She loved feeding the birds and squirrels and also enjoyed cooking. Rita truly loved to have a good time, socialize with others and share a good laugh.
She was a member of the Sandusky Eagles, VFW, AMVETS, and the former IAB LadiesAuxiliary.
She is survived by her sons,Kenneth (Pat) Manner, Mark (Jeanne) Manner and Todd Manner, all of Sandusky; three grandchildren, Megan (Matt) Barone, Todd A. Manner Jr., and Kai P. Manner; step-daughters, Marta R. (Tim) Miller of Bloomington, Ind., and Lisa S. Adams of Sandusky; stepson, Dr. Martin J. Brasch of Sandusky; 13 stepgrandchildren; 16 stepgreat-grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Meyer of Sandusky and Kathy (Warren) Stubblebine of Sandusky; brother, Wallace (Marlene) Millis of Bay View; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death byher loving husband, Martin R. "Marty" Brasch, April 2, 2006; grandson, Joel Manner, 1986; and parents, Wallace and Dorothy(Kessler) Millis.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday in David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Ave., Sandusky. Additional visitation will be from10 a.m., Saturday, until an11 a.m. celebration of her life will be observed in St. StephenUnited Church of Christ,905 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky,with the Rev. Elizabeth N.Proudfoot officiating. Burialwill be in Calvary Cemetery,Sandusky.
Contributions may be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc.,1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870; or Sisters of St. Francis, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania, OH 43560.