Rita Mae Moore, 81, passed away peacefully in her home in Albany, Ore., July 14, 2014.
Rita was born Febr. 10, 1933, in Loup City, to John and Maggie (Kowalski) Mazankowski as their tenth child on the family farm in Sherman County. She attended the country school in Sherman County, and graduated from Litchfield High School in 1951. She achieved a teaching certificate and taught country school for one year.
She married John âJackâ Moore in 1951. Jack preceded her in death.
Rita moved to Oregon with her son Bob in 1957. Rita married Charles âBillâ Moore in Albany, Ore., Oct. 17, 1958, at St. Maryâs Catholic Church in Albany. Ore.
She is survived by her husband, Bill of Albany, Ore.; son, Bob and his wife, Michelle of Albany, Ore.; daughter, Kathy Westberg and her husband, Larry of Albany, Ore.; daughter, Jan Knudtson and her husband, Doug of Albany, Ore.; son, David and his wife, Tammy of Tualatin, Ore.; grandchildren, Kristen Moore, Katie Moore, Kari (Kyler) Shinn, Chase (Kelsey) Granger, and Austin (Anna) Granger; Jennifer (Rob) Bornheimer, Lindsey (Sean) Austin, Mitchell Westberg, and Maggie Westberg; Kyle (Ashley) Knudtson and Brooke (Roscoe) Huebner; greatgrandchildren, Brandon Granger, Vanessa Granger, Kyntlee Shinn, and Veronica Granger; Macy Bornheimer, Kellen Bornheimer , Natalee Austin, and Olive Austin; Hollyn Huebner and Cole Knudtson. She is also survived by her brother, Delphie Mazankowski and his wife, Phyllis of Colfax, Calif.; sister, Florence Stephens of Boring, Ore.; sister, Dorothy Fox and her husband, Jerome of Council Bluffs, Iowa; and her sister, Marietta Perlinger of Grant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two infant brothers, five sisters, and one brother.
In addition to raising her family, Rita enjoyed volunteering at St. Maryâs and was instrumental in starting the funeral dinner program at the Church. She also volunteered at the ARC thrift shop and worked at the voting polls during elections. She spent time catering, cleaning homes and working in the cannery.
Rita will be missed for her deep dedication to family, her strong Catholic faith, her generosity and care of others, her wonderful cooking and love of entertaining, her continuous support of the grandkids with their sports and activities, her sense of humor especially in her later years, and her talents as a baker, seamstress, and decorator.
She was also recognized as a master homemaker and classy dresser by all who knew her and loved to polka dance with her husband Bill.
Most of all, Rita loved being around family at family gatherings and reunions and researching family history. She was fortunate to celebrate her 80th birthday in the presence of many loving family members and friends. She will be missed by all.
A funeral mass was Monday, July 21 at St. Maryâs Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Maryâs Catholic Church in Albany, Ore., or Samaritan Evergreen Hospice in Albany, Ore.; both in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. SW, Albany, OR 97321.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.