Rita J. Shoemaker, 80

Rita J. Shoemaker (nee Schultz), 80, of Hartford, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford.

Rita was born June 16, 1930, in Milwaukee to Otto and Catherine (nee Zach) Schultz. She was united in marriage to the Robert Shoemaker on May 5, 1951. He preceded her in death.

Rita enjoyed living at Washington Heights in Hartford where she had many dear friends. She loved watching Bret Farve play football and was a huge fan of his. Rita loved her family, especially her grandchildren, and will be sadly missed and dearly remembered.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Mary Carol) Shoemaker of Fredonia, Pam (Don) Bade of West Bend, Mike (Carole) Shoemaker of Elgin, Ill., Ken Shoemaker of Glendale, Ill., Keith Shoemaker of Chandler, Ariz., and Kevin (Janet) Shoemaker of Menomonee; her grandchildren, Andy (Mindy) Shoemaker, Terri (Don) Kollmann, Amanda (Tom) Wright, Steven Shoemaker, Eric and Elizabeth Bade, Ashley and Megan Shoemaker; six great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Jerry (Mary) Schultz of Web Lake and Phyllis (Elmo) Brooks of Ashland, Va. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert; her sisters, Caroline (Erv) Marten and Janet (Davis) Janicki; her brother, Otto Schultz; and a granddaughter, Heather Shoemaker.

Funeral services for Rita will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union St., Hartford, with the Rev. Bernard Sippell officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment at Mount View Memorial Gardens in Arizona.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. www.shimonfuneralhome.com.