Rita T. (Mand) Petrie, 76, of Mount Calvary passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020 at the Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.
She was born Sept. 21, 1943 in Fond du Lac to the late Frank and Catherine “Katie” (Wirtz) Mand. She married the love of her life, Melvin, on March 3, 1962. He preceded her in death in 2002.
Rita attended St. Peter Catholic School and Fond du Lac St. Mary Springs High School. After graduation, she worked at Grandcare Nursing Home, National Exchange Bank, and the Villa Loretto. In 1970 she started at St. Lawrence Seminary in the food service department, retiring in 2004 after 36 years of service.
She was a member of St. Isidore Parish-Holy Cross Church in Mount Calvary and a member of the Christian Women’s Society. On March 19, 2012 she was a made an affiliate of the Province of St. Joseph of the Capuchin Order.
In her spare time, she enjoyed bartending, gambling, golfing, reading, making soup, and watching the Packers and Brewers.
Survivors include her three children, Sharon (Chad) Weber and Mark (Ginny) Petrie, both of St. Cloud, and Annette Petrie (fiancé Rick) of Plymouth; four grandchildren, Melissa (Steve) Schroeder, Kyle (Mollie) Petrie, Stephanie Rabe (special friend Rafael), and Sara Rabe; four step-grandchildren, Frank (Jodi), Julie (Tom), Pam (Mike), and Nikki (Andy); four great-grandchildren, Ashton, Allie, Liam, Flynn, and the fifth one on the way; and 18 step-great-grandchildren She is also survived by her brother, Steve (Betty) Mand of Fond du Lac; her sisters-in-law, Mary Mand and Jane Petrie; her brothers-in-law, Eddie Anhalt, Eddie (Kitty) Petrie, Roger (Nancy) Petrie, and John Meyer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Melvin; her parents, Frank and Catherine Mand; two sisters, Sr. Paula Mand, CSA and Clara Anhalt; and two brothers, Paul and Jim Mand.
A Mass of Christian Burial is tentatively set for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 at St. Isidore Parish-Holy Cross Church in Mount Calvary, 308 S. CTH W, Mount Calvary. The Rev. Gary Wegner, OFM Cap., will officiate. Anyone attending is asked to follow mask requirements and follow social distancing protocols.
Family and friends may visit with Rita’s family at the church that morning from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
A memorial fund will be established in her name.
Rita’s family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at the Hospice Home of Hope for their care and compassion given to Mom and her family over the last several days.
For further details, please contact Sippel Funeral Home in St. Cloud at (920) 999-2291 or visit www.sippelfuneralhome.net.