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Rita A. Eickert - 57

3/2/1960 - 10/19/2017

Clinton, Iowa

Rita A. Eickert age 57 of Clinton, passed away Thursday Oct. 19, 2017 after a short battle with a very rare form of melanoma. A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday Oct. 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Sunday 4:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held at Andover Cemetery. Memorials may be given to her family. Online condolences may be left at www.papefh.com. Rita was born on March 2, 1960 in Clinton, the daughter of Wilbert Sr. and Dorothy (Hudson) Eickert. She attended Miles Elementary School and later graduating from Northeast Community Schools in 1978. She was confirmed member of Faith Lutheran Church. As an early January high school graduate, she began working at Nielsen Clearing House until October 1978. She then started her 39 year career with Custom-Pak as a machine operator. A devoted aunt, one of her greatest joys in life was attending her niece and nephews’ school activities as well as their high school graduations. She loved socializing with her relatives, work, and school friends in person and via social media. Rita is survived by her three brothers, Mark (Deb) Eickert of Clinton, Dean Eickert of Andover, and Don “Red” (Peggy) Eickert of Bryant; her sister, Brenda (Jeff) Gronwaldt of Clinton; her niece, Emily of Cedar Falls; her three nephews, John of Hoffman Estates, IL, Allan of Clinton, and Matthew of Cedar Rapids; and her beloved dog, Gabby. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Sheila, and a brother, Wilbert “Bert” Jr.

Gathering of Friends

A gathering of family and friends will be held Sunday Oct. 22nd from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home.

Memorial Service:

A memorial service will be held Sunday 4:00 PM at the Pape Funeral Home. A private family burial will be held at Andover Cemetery.

10 Comments

  • cathy adams

    on 10/19/17

    to a classmate that went to soon, prayers to the family, sorry for your loss
  • Alanna

    on 10/19/17

    Was literally JUST talking about you. Saddened and shocked to hear this news. Rest in Peace, neighbor.
  • Kelly Eggers Wright

    on 10/20/17

    Rita was a classmate and such a nice person. She always had a smile and hello whenever she would see you. Prayers and hugs to the family for your loss. My deepest sympathy. Take Care.
  • Marty Spies

    on 10/20/17

    Great Class-Mate. I always remembered that 24-7 Smile she had.
  • Phil and Lisa Butt

    on 10/20/17

    Our prayers and sympathies to Rita and her family.
  • Greg Kidd

    on 10/20/17

    My deepest sympathies and prayers to Rita family. Gone to soon. Rest in peace Rita. God Bless you all so sorry.
  • Diane Russen

    on 10/20/17

    I've known Rita since 6th grade, best friend you could ever ask for. We'd go shopping or eat out a lot and she did so much for my son and me. Miss you a lot Rita!
  • Chris Russen

    on 10/20/17

    I've known Rita pretty much my whole life. I always remember going to her house when I was young and helping to pass out candy on Halloween. It was one of the things I looked forward to on that holiday. She was a kind and generous person, and always a nice person to talk to. I know she will be missed by many. She was always there for my mom when she needed something, and it's going to be different without her in our lives. Rest in Peace Rita, and my sympathies to the rest of her family and friends.
  • Mary Hansen Villamil

    on 10/22/17

    Rita was a classmate and although we didn't stay in touch a lot through the years I'll always remember her smile and kind heart. She'll be missed.
  • Debra Naeve

    on 10/23/17

    Rita was my classmate at Northeast and we were confirmed together at Faith Lutheran in Andover. So I guess we knew each other since preschool. I remember her as a listener with a strong soul. Rita's presence will be missed in day to day life but her spirit will live in the heart.

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