Rita L. Rhoads

Rita L. Rhoads, 90, of Lansing, died, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, at her home. She was born on Oct. 21, 1924, in Dubuque County, Ia., the daughter of Cyril A. and Viola R. (Stanton) Hayes.

Rita L. Rhoads

On Jan. 3, 1950, Rita married Ronald D. Rhoads in Denver, Colo. He survives at the home. She is also survived by four sons, Joseph Rhoads, Robert (Leigh Ann) Rhoads, Randolph E. Rhoads, Russell A. (Donna) Rhoads; a daughter, Mary P. (Craig) Partin; a sister, Sister Anita Therese; 14 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Katie Myrick and Theresa Streeper; and a brother, Joe Hayes.

Rita was a retired registered nurse. She was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church since 1967 and the Red Hat Society. She loved KU Basketball and taking care of her backyard birds.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. The rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, at St. Francis de Sales Church with Fr. William McEvoy as celebrant. Burial will follow at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. Francis de Sales Church.