Rita Mae Rich (nee Hicken)

Rita Mae Rich (nee Hicken), 52, of West Bend, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010.
She was born June 4, 1957, in Sheboygan to the late Carroll and Tillie (nee Heinecke) Hicken and married Lee A. Rich on May 17, 1980, at St. Johnís U.C.C. in Kewaskum.

Rita worked at KMC Stamping in Port Washington for over 33 years. She enjoyed shooting pool, bowling, playing cards and spending time with friends in the Wisconsin Dells every September. Her greatest joy was watching her granddaughter.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Lee; her daughter, Rachel Rich of Hartford; and her granddaughter, Alanna Smiley. She is further survived by her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Ruth Hicken of Beechwood, Lyndon (Linda) Rich of Normal, Ill., Lucille Belveal of Pinedale, Wyo., Lillian Rich of West Bend, Larry (Arlene) Rich of Orchard Park, Wash., Russ (Cindy) Rich of Birchwood and Sarah (Gary) Heilman of West Bend; and nieces, nephews other relatives and many dear friends.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Carroll and Tillie Hicken; her brother, Robert Hicken; her fatherand mother-in-law, Russell and Norma Rich; and a brother-in-law, William Belveal.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Schmidt Funeral Home in West Bend with the Rev. David Schlieter officiating. Burial will be Saturday in Washington County Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday, at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 6:45 p.m.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at