Rita Marie Tucker, 88, Jasper

rita-tuckerRita Marie Tucker, 88, of Jasper, died Monday (January 9) at her home. She was born in Fowler November 16, 1928, to August J. and Ernestine E (Pamperin) Gretencord. Her mother was originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, her father from Ottawa, Illinois. She grew up on the family farm near Dunnington, Indiana. She married Robert L. Tucker July 3, 1954, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dunnington. He died April 10, 1995.

Rita was a 1946 graduate of Freeland Park High School and a 1950 graduate (with honors) of Indiana State Teachers College (now Indiana State University with a BS in education. She taught Home Economics at Jasper High School followed by various elementary grades at Holy Family School. Later she began a career in retail, first as a partner in R & B Menswear and then in the bridal business, retiring from the Bridal Boutique in 2015. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church for over 60 years where she was active in many capacities, including the parish RCIA team for an extended period until her death. She was a 2015 recipient of the Catholic Diocese of

Evansville’s Simon Brute Award. She was a member of the parish’s Sodality of the Blessed Virgin and one of the founding leaders of the Holy Family Young Hopefuls 4-H club.

She is survived by two daughters, Carol Stutsman and Ann Rasche and husband Tim, all of Jasper; two sons, Terry Tucker and wife Kim Lampert-Tucker, Jasper, and Joe Tucker and wife Lesa. Vincennes; seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren, Brian, Savannah, and Brady Stutsman, Kelsey Valenta, and Craig, Amanda, Adam, Kyle, and Lauren Tucker.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Florence M. (Pamperin) Gretencord, and three sisters, Doris M. Victor, Janet A. Kramerich, and infant Josephine Gretencord.

Friends may call from 2-7 p.m. Friday at Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper and from 9-10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Family Church. The Holy Family Blessed Virgin Sodality will pray a rosary at 1:45 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions can be made to Holy Family Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences may be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A  Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church with entombment following in the Fairview Cemetery Mausoleum.

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