Rita Gehlhausen, 83, Ferdinand

Rita Gehlhausen, 83, of Ferdinand, died Wednesday (April 14) at The Waters of Huntingburg. She was born August 18, 1929, at St. Meinrad to Edward and Claudina (Schnellenberger) Meyer. She married Urban Gehlhausen July 19, 1952, in St. Meinrad. He died December 2, 2007.

Rita was retired from Western Electric in Indianapolis. She enjoyed casinos and playing bingo.

She is survived by six sisters, Esther Ellingsworth, Florida, Elsie Phieler, Lanesville, Beatrice Ellingsworth and husband Richard, Jeffersontown, Kentucky, Phyllis Nystrom and husband Cliff, Grand Forks, North Dakota,  Jane Schnieders and husband Cricket, St. Henry, and Carla Neukam, Huntingburg; and one brother, Dennis Meyer, Indianapolis.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Stella Taber, and a brother, Clarence “Oaks” Meyer.

Funeral services at 2 p.m. Friday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Visitation from 11 a.m. until time of service. Deacon James King will officiate. Burial will be in St. Martin of Tours Cemetery in Siberia. Condolences may be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com.

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