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Rita M. Rich

Rita M. Rich, 70, McHenry, died Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012, at Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee.

She was born Jan. 28, 1942, in Chicago to Lewis and Gladys L. (Dominique) Higgins.

A longtime resident of Wonder Lake, she lived in South Carolina for a time before returning to the McHenry area in 2003. She was employed by Claussen Pickle Co. for more than 25 years prior to retirement.

She was a member of The Church of Holy Apostles and previously a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She enjoyed singing in the church choir and was devoted to her faith. A doting grandmother, she was giving of her time to friends and neighbors.

Survivors include two children, Sheryl Rich, McHenry, and William (Shelly) Rich Jr., Antioch; five grandchildren, Amanda Rich, Aaron Rich, Ryan (Alex) Rich, Michael Rich and Denise Martinez; four great-grandchildren, Brianna, Lucas, Gianna and Clinton “C.J.”; and a sister, Joan Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Rich Sr.; a daughter, Mary Cathleen Rich; and a granddaughter, Rita S. Rich.

Visitation was held Dec. 28 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, McHenry. The funeral was held  Dec. 29 at The Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry. Interment followed at Christ the King Cemetery, Wonder Lake.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Lung/Emphysema Foundation. For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400. Online condolences can be left at

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