Rita I. Snider, 79, Mandan, died April 2, 2015 at Sanford Health Continuing Care Center off Sunset in Mandan.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mandan, ND with Rev. Shane Campbell as celebrant. Burial will be at North Dakota Veterans Cemetery.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 4:00-9:00 pm at Weigel Funeral Home, with a Parish Vigil at 7:00 pm. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Rita was born on May 6, 1935 to Joseph and Rachel (Belgarde) Gourneau in Belcourt, ND. At age 2, Rachel passed and Rita was raised by Alex and Sarah (mom) Belgarde. She was raised and educated in the Belcourt area. She attended Mount Marty Mission School College in South Dakota. Rita married William Snider on April 14, 1956 in Fort Yates, ND. Rita worked as a department manager of transcriptionist for Q & R Clinic where she retired after 35 years of service. She was a very reserved person and her family along with her extended family were central in her life. She was devoted to her husband, Bill and they had 45 wonderful years together before his death in 2001. Rita was an avid reader and enjoyed watching TV for relaxation. Rita enjoyed spending time with her sister-in-laws, co-workers, and special friends, Wendelin and Helen Bullinger. Rita was a special woman and we are all better off having known and loved her.
Rita will be deeply missed by her daughters, Ann (Randy) Botti, Kona, HI and Betty Wagy (Fiance, Russ Erhardt), Mandan, ND; sons, William, Greg (Debbie) and David (Deb) all of Mandan, ND; 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Viola Beyer, Bottineau, ND along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill; stillborn son, William; sisters, Ella (Charlie) McCloud, Gloria (Cleo) Statham, and brother-in-law, Trevor Beyer.
A special thank you to the nursing staff at Sanford Health Continuing Care Center off Sunset for their care and compassion given to our mother, Rita. It will always be greatly appreciated and remembered.