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Rita M. Cook

Rita M. Cook, 93 of Granville, IA passed away Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 at Happy Siesta Health Care in Remsen, IA.
Funeral Service will be Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville, IA with Rev. Terry Roder officiating.  Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery in Granville, IA. Visitation will be anytime after 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016.  There will be a parish rosary at 5 p.m. by the Catholic Order of Foresters and a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m., all at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Granville.  Services have been entrusted to the Fisch Funeral Home & Monument of Remsen.

Rita was born Nov. 23, 1922, at Farmer, SD the daughter of Peter and Rose Marie (Fellenz) Schladweiler.  She was raised and educated in Farmer, SD and attended St. Peter’s Catholic School for 8 years then graduated from Edgerton Consolidated in Farmer, SD.  She then attended St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing in Mitchell, SD graduating in 1944.  She worked as an RN first in Minneapolis and North Carolina she was licensed in 5 states.  

In 1945 she married her high school sweetheart Clark Cook a US Marine in North Carolina.  She worked as an RN in the different places making 50 cents an hour. In 1946 the couple settled down in Marcus to raise their family.  Rita continued to be an RN, at the state hospital and other hospitals and NITC coordinating the health programs.  She also worked at Mid-Sioux in Remsen, she retired in 1986.  She lived and raised a family in 19 different communities due to Clark’s work.  Clark passed away in July 2002.  Rita then retired to Granville.  She then moved to Happy Siesta in 2009.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, church guild, Catholic Daughters of America and Catholic Order of Foresters.  She loved reading, playing cards watching TV, saturday night dancing with Clark, fishing and embroiderey.

Survivors include; one son, Rodney (Margaret) Cook of Murray, KY, two daughters, Charlotte (Dennis) Braun of Remsen, Joyce (Morris) Stukey of Great Bend, KS, one son-in-law, Dan Horkey of Granville; grandchildren, Paul Braun, Jennifer (David) Roszak, Kate Braun, Matt (Tonya) Braun, Steve (Jaci) Braun, Leisha (Kent) Barlow, Ryan (Amelia) Cook, Brian Stukey and his fiancé Kendra, Sara (Jeff) Hagerman, Greg (Regina) Stukey, Laura (Mike) Martin, Dana (Corey) Riley, Gina Davis; 35 great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Nancy Pick of LeMars. Many nieces and nephews.

Preceded by: her parents, one daughter Donna Horkey, two brothers, Clarence (Norma) and Gregory (Lorraine) Schladweiler, three sisters, Sally (John) Wagner, Isabelle (Milo) Weber and Jane (Jim) Gerhardt, three brothers-in-law, Henry Jr. in infancy, Roger (Lona) Cook and Cliff Pick, three sisters-in-law, Velma (Garland) Geister, Arvey Cook, Mary Zoch .

Casket Bearers will be Paul, Matt and Steve Braun, Brian and Greg Stukey and Ryan Cook.

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Sorry to hear of Rita's death. I enjoyed working with her and Clark at NCC.

Vern Schoeneman Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Rita. I truly enjoyed working with Rita when she was employed at NITC (now NCC). She was a special lady and brightened the lives of those around her. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all her family members during this time of...

Sandy & Bruce Bruns Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Thinking of all the Cooks today and wishing I could come for Rita's service. She was a special aunt to me (my godmother). Always full of spunk and made me laugh. I will never forget when she and Clark had me convinced that they were Matt and Kitty from Gunsmoke! Fond memo...

Kathy Masters Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you move through this difficult time. I will always remember Rita's humor and delight in life.

Julie Wagner Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Just learned of your mother and grandmother's death. Sending prayers, hugs and sympathy. Mother's and Grandmother's have touched your lives in many special ways but leave you with many precious memories. Thinking of you.

Pat Johansen Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Linda and I had so many good times with Clark and Rita, including going to so many dances. Linda and I tried to model our marriage after theirs'. We told them so often as well as how much we loved them. We will pray for them until we see them again.

Grant Geister Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

So very sorry to learn of the passing of Sara's Grandma Cook. She was such a sweet lady and will be missed greatly by all of her family! Sending our love and prayers. Richard and Janette Ross

Richard & Janette Ross Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to Rita's family and a special hello to Charlotte. Before Mom's passing in 2009, Rita was a neighbor at Happy Siesta. Rita had such a beautiful smile and such a pleasant personality. God's Peace and comfort as your mom is called Home.

Randy and Marilyn Schmitt Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM