Rita Clare Seng, 91, Jasper

Rita Clare Seng, 91, of Jasper, died Tuesday, February 26, at Brookside Village in Jasper. She was born in Celestine May 29, 1927, to Andrew and Clara (Friedman) Merkel. She married Urban H. Seng August 23, 1949, at St. Celestine Catholic Church. He died September 30, 1993.

Rita was a homemaker and past member of St. Isidore Parish – St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, a current member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, the Ladies Sodality, Daughters of Isabella, and the St. Anne’s Society. She enjoyed working with flowers, gardening, cooking, sewing, bird watching, and spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by three daughters, Bonita “Bunnie” Bradley, Marlene Lane, and Angie Giesler and husband Jeffrey, all of Jasper; three sons, Nicholas Seng and wife Pat, and Vernon Seng, all of Jasper, and Tom Seng and wife Nanette, Dubois; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jacqueline Seng, two sisters, Ardella Matheis and Marcella Matheis, and nine brothers, Ned, Oscar, William, Urban , Albert, Edwin, John, Hialmer, and Alfred Merkel.

Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael’s Church. Memorial contributions can be made to the Ladies Sodality of St. Raphael’s Church or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Raphael’s Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

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