A funeral Mass for Rita Johann Barth, 88, of Hebron, will be Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 11:00 am CT at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hebron with Father Tom Grafsgaard celebrating and Father Gary Benz concelebrating. A luncheon will be provided at the church following the mass. Burial will take place in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery in Mandan, ND.
Visitation for Rita will be Monday, July 26 at the church from 4:00 – 6:00pm CT with a rosary and vigil service being held at 5:00 p.m.
Rita passed away July 13, 2021 at Sakakawea Medical Center Hospital in Hazen.
Rita was born April 15, 1933, in Mott, the daughter of Phillip (Bill) and Katherine (Katie Keller) Lutz. She graduated as a “Cardinal” at the Mott Lincoln High School in 1951. Following graduation, she began working in the office of the Hettinger County Judge at the courthouse in Mott. On October 18, 1955 she married Vincent Barth of Richardton at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Mott. Together they moved to Hebron, ND where Vince was employed with North Western Bell Telephone Co. The couple was blessed with three daughters, LuAnn, Pamela and Alicia.
Alongside taking care of her family, Rita worked at the Hebron Herald for 32 years. Rita was a loyal employee and friend, she designed the pages in the Hebron Herald and Richardton Merchant. She was in charge of page make-up and design plus many other duties.
She was a member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Hebron, St. Ann’s Christian Mothers, American Legion Auxiliary and the Sunny NoDaks Homemakers Club. Rita enjoyed knitting, reading, cross-word puzzles, dancing, bingo, card playing, and going to the Casino.
Rita; wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, was famous for her Scotcheroos when she knew any member of the family was going to show up. She welcomed any guests into her home. She loved spending time with family (even family pets) or hearing all about any family functions she didn’t attend. Her Catholic faith was important to her. She was our prayer warrior with the rosary as her weapon.
Rita and her husband Vince moved to Hazen in August 2020 to be closer to family as they cared for Vince during his Hospice care until he passed on November 20. Rita was a faithful wife and caregiver to her husband always by his side.
Rita is survived by her daughters, LuAnn (Victor-Bud) Woeste of Hazen, Pamela (Randy) Meissner of Hazen, Alicia Holum of Gig Harbor, WA; grandchildren, Jeremy (Roxanne) Woeste of Bismarck, Jess (Alexandria) Woeste of Mandan, Michelle (Cody) Jacobson of Mandan, Nick Meissner of Beulah, Josh Meissner of Hazen, Tina Meissner of Hazen, Ashley and Justin Holum of Gig Harbor; great-grandchildren, Jack and Julia Woeste of Bismarck, Torin (Meissner) Albertson and Tara (Meissner) Malone of Hazen; niece, Terryl (Dale) Freidt of Mott; nephews, Dean (Becky) Lutz of Dickinson, Shawn (Kathy) Jones of Anchorage, AK; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Thompson of CA, Lucille Wendt of WA; brothers-in-law, Gerald Barth of WI, George Jones of Mott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vincent; parents, Phillip “Bill” and Katherine Lutz; brother and sister-in-law, Robert “Bob” and Hilda Lutz; sister, Arloween Jones; nephews, Dennis Lutz, Dale Lutz and Darrin Jones; parent-in-laws, John and Pauline Barth; sisters-in-law, Bernice Meyer, Caroline Pechtl; brothers-in-law, Robert “Bob” Barth, Larry Barth, Johnny Barth and Eddie Pechtl.