IRON RIVER – Rita E. Commenator, 90, of Iron River, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility
She was born Jan. 22, 1923, in Henry, Ill., daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Proctor) Rickey. She attended the Henry Schools, graduating from Henry High School with the class of 1941.
Rita married Ralph W. Commenator on Sept. 16, 1943, at Holy Angles Catholic Church in Sturgis. The couple celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary in 2011. Ralph preceded her in death on May 13, 2012.
In 1979, her husband Ralph started R&R Realty and in 1983 he opened Cline’s Gift World in conjunction with the real estate office, with Rita as co-owner and real estate broker.
Rita was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church of Iron River, the St. Agnes Altar Society and the 20th Century Ladies. She enjoyed cooking and sewing and was a great mother.
She is survived by her two sons, Rick (Mary) Commenator of Iron River and Ralph Commenator of Rhinelander, Wis.; four daughters, Patricia (Ron) Bilbrey of Essexville, Mich., Cathy (John) Hartley of Hudson, Mich., Marni (Duane) Suliin of Iron River, and Karen Commenator of Palmer; eight grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by an infant son, and her grandson Derek in 2010.
Visitation will be Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.
Funeral services will be follow Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Rev. Gregory Veneklase to offer the Mass of Christian Burial.
Interment will be in Resthaven Cemetery in the spring.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Rita E. Commenator online at www.jacobsfuneralhomeir.com.
Funeral arrangements by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.