Rita Frederes was born in Alton, in 1941. She dedicated her life to her family and found joy in babysitting her grandchildren.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband Gary M. Stewart, Sioux Falls; three children, Kim (Steve) Messerschmidt, Kelly (Todd) Peterson, and Gary Dean (Cindy) Stewart; eight grandchildren, Danielle and Drew Messerschmidt, Kelsey (Brandon) Peterson-Harris, Alex and Landon Peterson, Jordan, Riley and Sidney Stewart; four siblings Lois (Terry) Bauler of Spring Hill, Fla., Elmer (Sue) Frederes of Alton, Wayne (Mary) Frederes of Perry, and Lowell (Sherry) Frederes of Omaha, Neb.
Rita was preceded in death by her brother, Leon Frederes; and her parents, Lawrence and Stella Frederes.
Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Heritage Funeral Home in Sioux Falls, with the family present from 6-8 p.m.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.heritagesfsd.com.