Rita Heinrich, 72, a Brillion resident, passed away Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay.
She was born Jan. 28, 1948 in Sheboygan, daughter of Armella (Schweitzer) Walber and the late Clemens Walber. She was a graduate of New Holstein High School, Class of 1966. Rita and Dave met while working at Leverenz Shoe Factory in New Holstein. On Aug. 24, 1968 she married David Heinrich at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, New Holstein. After their wedding, they moved to Brillion where they owned and operated a dairy farm and also cash cropped. Rita was employed with Ariens, Lamberts Implement, Gruetts, Thiel Realty, and R&R Donnelly Realty. She was also a clerk for Jerry Thiel Auctions for over 30 years. Rita enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Rita is survived by her husband, Dave Heinrich of Brillion; her mother, Armella Walber of New Holstein; their three children, Sue Heinrich of Chaska, Minnesota; Carol (Brian) Dobke of Fond du Lac; and Joe (Anna) Heinrich of Anoka, Minnesota; two granddaughters, Brianna and Kaylee Dobke; and two brothers, James (Pat) Walber of New Holstein and Dale (Joan) Walber of Mackville. Rita also is survived by an uncle, Bernard (Marian) Schweitzer of Kiel. She is further survived by sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Immel of Neenah, Philip (Nancy) Heinrich of Oshkosh, and Rachel (Brian) Murphy of Seymour. Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends also survive.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clemens; an infant sister, Dorothy; a brother-in-law, Donald Immel; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Reinholdt and Grace (Huebner) Heinrich; as well as other relatives.
Because Rita passed away during the safer at home order, the family is having a Memorial Visitation and Service this Saturday, Sept. 12 at Camp Forest on USH 10 in Forest Junction. Visitation will start at 1 p.m. and will continue until the service at 3 p.m. Officiating will be Rita Heraly. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com. The Wieting Funeral Homes of Brillion & Reedsville is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.