Rita J. Ganser, 78 |
Dec. 16, 1936 — Nov. 27, 2015
A beloved wife, mother, nana, sister and friend left us Nov. 27, 2015,
when Rita J. Ganser, 78, of Jackson passed away peacefully at her home.
Rita was born Dec. 16, 1936, the daughter of Walter and Lucille (Janick)
Garbarski. She was raised along with her nine siblings in Athens.
married at a young age and began a family, raised six children in Fort
Atkinson and later moved to West Bend. After her first marriage ended,
she met her loving husband of 36 years, Kenneth Ganser. This new chapter
of her life brought them to their slice of paradise, a hobby farm in
Her life was full of simple pleasures, always choosing to find the
beauty in everyone and everything she encountered. She enjoyed all
nature had to offer: a bright full moon on a clear summer night, the
butterflies in her many flower gardens, the frogs in their pond, or
catching a glimpse of a fox, deer or other wildlife.
Other than her time on their farm, Rita enjoyed outings with friends,
trips with her husband and spending time with family. Her passion for
her grandchildren and great-grandchildren was insurmountable. Her
absence from family gatherings, school functions, kids’ sporting events
and simple daily phone calls will be greatly missed.
Rita is lovingly survived by her husband, Kenneth, and children, Tom
(Lynn) Gelhar, Cyndee Gelhar, Mike Gelhar, Kathie (Craig) Weinand and
Rocky Gelhar. She is further survived by eight grandchildren, Mandy
(Scott) Sadownikow, Nicole (Robert) Meyer, TJ (Jessica) Belunes, Joslyn
(Donald) Johnson, Becky (Josh) Voigt, Leah Weinand, Jessica Gelhar and
Stephanie (Justin) Bradfish; 13 great-grandchildren; her twin sister,
Rena Young; sisters, Dorothy (Paul) Urshan and Geraldine (Dale) Wenzel;
and one brother, Joseph (Mary Ann) Garbarski.
Her parents, Walter and Lucille; her sisters, Leona Hosch, Mary
Garbarski and Nancy Stuer; her brothers, Clarence Garbarski and Walter
Garbarski; and her oldest daughter, Sherry Belunes, preceded Rita in
A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at
Phillip Funeral Home in West Bend. We welcome you to share your memories
and celebrate Rita’s life with her family at the visitation from 4 p.m.
until the time of service at the funeral home.
“We loved you every day and now we will miss you every day!”