Rita Ann Frohwitter, 86, of Springfield died at 6:25 pm Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at St. John’s Hospice. She was born September 27, 1926 in Springfield to Jacob L. and Rosa T. Metzger Mathes. She married Robert J. Frohwitter on December 29, 1943 and he preceded her in death on April 29, 2001. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a daughter, Carol A. Frohwitter; two sisters, Mary Frances Erickson and Rose Marie Mogle and four brothers, John E., Jim, Henry and Joseph Mathes.
Surviving are six grandchildren, James “Jimmy” Withers, Jr., Susan Montgomery and Billy (Kristine) Montgomery, Jr. all of Springfield, Robert (Allison) Montgomery of Girard, Rita Ann (companion: Steve Behl) Montgomery-Schnell and John “Jon Jon” Montgomery both of Springfield; 25 great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Rita was a member of St. Joseph Church. Her greatest joy in life was caring for her family. She enjoyed playing BINGO and was a member of the VFW Auxiliary. She worked at Sangamo Electric and then owned and operated Bob and Rita’s Corner for 50 years.
Visitation: 5 – 7 pm Monday, June 17, 2013 at Staab Funeral Home with a prayer service at 4:45 pm.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 am Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Church with Monsignor Thomas Holinga officiating.
Burial: 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to St. Joseph’s Church.