Rita F. Windschitl

Rita F. Windschitl age 90, of Comfrey, MN died on February 13, 2020 at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye, MN.

Visitation was on Monday from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Springfield and continued on Tuesday from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. at the church.

There was a Christian Mothers Rosary at 4:45 p.m. and a Parish Prayer Service at 8:00 p.m., both at the funeral home in Springfield.

Funeral Service was held at the Church of the Japanese Martyrs, Leavenworth, on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. The clergy was Father Andy Michels. 

Interment was at the Japanese Martyrs Catholic Cemetery in Leavenworth.

Rita Francis (Callanan) Windschitl was born on May 9, 1929 in Springfield, to Edward H. & Rose (Kriesel) Callanan. She attended St. Raphael’s School in Springfield and graduated from Springfield Public School. She attended Mankato State Teachers College. Rita was united in marriage to Jerome Windschitl on July 14, 1956 at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Springfield. Over the years, she worked at Stieler’s Bakery, Springfield Telephone Office and a teacher’s aide at Japanese Martyrs Catholic School in Leavenworth. Rita was a member of the Church of the Japanese Martyrs where she had been a choir member, Christian Mother, taught religious education and was a recipient of the Bishop’s Medal for the New Ulm Diocese. She enjoyed knitting, baking and spending time with her family. Her Catholic faith was always very important to Rita and her love of family was an example for all. Rita died peacefully surrounded by her children on February 13, 2020.

Rita is survived by her children, Joseph (Debra A.) Windschitl of Sleepy Eye, Patrick (Colleen) Windschitl of Springfield, Michael (Debra K.) Windschitl of Comfrey, Roseanne (John) Kaseforth of Springfield; grandchildren, Katie (Mark) Lax, Cassandra (Emmanuel) Saye, Allison (Josh) Nachreiner, Tom Windschitl, Shelby Windschitl, Johnny Kaseforth, Luke Windschitl, Joe Kaseforth; 7 great-grandchildren; sister, Alice Miller of St. Paul; sister-in-law, Evelyn Eischen of Comfrey and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome; granddaughter, Abby Windschitl; siblings, Mary Zschetzsche, Ben Callanan, Agnes Bergee, Ruth Callanan in infancy, Edward Callanan and many brothers and sisters-in-law.

Arrangements are with the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sturmfh.com.

Springfield Advance-Press

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