Rita Mary Sudbeck
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Rita Mary Sudbeck age 93 of Bow Valley, Nebraska died on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 AM on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at Holy Family (Sts. Peter & Paul) Catholic Church in Bow Valley, Nebraska with the Rev. Eric Olsen officiating. Burial will be at Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Bow Valley following the mass. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 19, in Bow Valley, from 5-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning, at church, one hour prior to services. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington.

Pallbearers will be Tim Goeden, Don Schulte, Bob Sudbeck, Dale Jansen, Melvin Jansen, and Mike Rolfes.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Rosary Club and Rita's Prayer Friends.

Rita Mary was born on June 14, 1925 in Menominee, Nebraska to John and Maxalinda (Suing) Jansen. She grew up in the Menominee area and went to District 56 Country School and St Boniface in Menominee. Rita married Marvin J. Sudbeck on August 27, 1947 in Menominee, NE. They farmed just west of Bow Valley for 40 years. Rita and Marvin raised 13 children - Lois, Marty, Dona, Bill, Vicky, Kay, Rowland, Rhea, Dwight, Tom, Marlow, Geralyn, & John. Rita worked at the Golden Living Nursing Home as a nurse's aide for many years, then for M-Tron Industries in Yankton for nearly 20 years. Rita also worked for Avera Home Health Services and for the Nebraska Home for the Aging.

Rita was a loving mother and grandmother, great cook and gardener, and loyal friend. She made time for everyone. She was a member of Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church and then Holy Family. She was a member of The Chrismatic Prayer Group, Christian Mothers, Contemplative Prayer Groups, the Rosary Club, Bible Study Group, and held several hours of adoration at Holy Family Church. Rita loved the Blessed Virgin Mary and prayed the rosary daily. Rita also was involved with the ARC from Bloomfield and actively advocated for children with disabilities legislation. Rita was also a member of Alanon for over 30 years.

Rita is survived by her 10 children and spouses, Marty (Deb) Sudbeck of Bow Valley, Dona (Gary) Clune of Lakefort, TX, Bill Sudbeck of Bow Valley, Vicky (Maurice) Koch of St. James, Kay Sudbeck of Lincoln, Rowland Sudbeck of Hartington, Rhea (Roy) Hochstein of Bennet, NE, Dwight Sudbeck of Bloomfield, Tom (Julie) Sudbeck of Yankton, Marlow Sudbeck of Hartington; 19 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; brother-in-law Warner Wong of Seattle, WA; brother Clarence (Angie) Jansen of Fordyce; two sisters Clara Rolfes of St. James, NE, Lorraine Schulte of Hartington; sister-in-law MaryAnn Jansen of Yankton, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Marvin J. on January 16, 2009 at the age of 84 years; three children, Lois Wong, Geralyn, and John Sudbeck; sisters Angela Leise and Loretta Schulte; brothers Leonard Jansen, Martin Jansen, George Jansen, and Elmer Jansen, in-laws Orville & Shirley Sudbeck, Joe & Mary Ann Sudbeck, Ed & Lavern Goeden; several nieces and nephews, and grandson Jason Asmus.




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To the family We are so sorry for your lose. May she Rest in Peace. Prayers for all.

Richard and Jackie Koch


I'm so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. I grew up with Rita as a neighbor and have so many pleasant memories of her. When I last saw her several years ago in Bow Valley, she had made fresh rhubarb pie and was it ever delicious! She was so full of energy even in her "Golden Years". She was amazing. May she rest in peace.

Irma Thoene Haak


Our deepest sympathy in the loss of Rita. She was a loving and kind person to all that she met She was one of the founding members of our group for the developmentally disabled Special memories of a truly special lady. The Cedar Knox Good Neighbors

Linda Hochstein


Our love, thoughts, and prayers go out to all my cousins; the sons and daughters of a true and blessed matriarch, Rita Mary Jansen Sudbeck; and to all family members and friends of the Sudbeck (& Jansen) families. It's hard for me to put into words what your Mom, and my Godmother - Auntie Rita, meant to me....... and to my wife, Rita Ann. I always felt a special connection to Auntie Rita, strengthened by the many encouraging cards & letters she sent to me for my birthday or during the holidays over the years (of course, marrying a young lady named Rita didn't hurt, either!). My only regret is that I didn't respond in kind but a few times, to let her know how much I admired her fortitude & faith - she was truly an inspiration.

Some of my fondest memories in my youth were of the times we spent together as kids at the Sudbeck farm. We had a lot of fun together..... and occasionally (ok, frequently) got into trouble. But your parents always took it in stride and showed more patience that I could ever muster up with my own kids at that age - and we only had four! I will always remember your Mom's smile, her laugh, her warm-hearted kindness and the love she had for each & every one of you.

As time went on, life took my family a long way from 'home', but through Auntie Rita's sister - my Mom, Lorraine - we were kept apprised of our family & extended family throughout NE Nebraska. Life has certainly thrown more than a few curve balls (and sinkers, sliders, change-ups, and fast balls) at your family over the years. Yet, in the batter's box of life, your Mom never flinched, took a pitch in the zone, or complained about a call....... for one thing that never wavered, in the face of any adversity, was her faith - her faith in her family, her faith in humanity, her faith in God! She has been a Pillar of Faith, not only of your family, but for all whom she touched, both in the Church and in your Communities, as well! I am honored to have been your Mom's Godson; and join you in the Celebration of Her Life. She has truly been an example and an inspiration for all of us to follow!

God Bless Auntie Rita, and may He bless you & yours in giving you comfort, and in knowing her legacy lives on through you!

All Our Love,

The Buffalo Schulte's - Chris & Rita, Garth, Garett, Garnet, & Grant


My deepest sympathy to the family at this difficult time. May God grant you peace.

Darla Dreesen

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