Rita (O'Donnell) Pottratz 1914-1999
POTTRATZ, ODONNELL, LAGER, ANDRESEN, LAMPERT, HANSON, KNUPPE
Posted By: Pat Pasmore (email)
Date: 1/23/2004 at 15:42:21
Obituary of Rita O'Donnell copied from the Quad Cities Times on October 24, 1999: NEW ALBIN, Iowa -- Services for Rita Gertrude Pottratz, of New Albin, will be 11 A.M. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, New Albin. Visitation is 4-8 P.M. today at New Albin Town Hall. Thornburg-Hanson Funeral Home, Prairie Du Chien, Wis., is in charge of arrangements. Mrs. Pottratz died Thursday, Oct. 21, 1999, at Thorton Manor Nursing Home, following an extended illness. Rita O'Donnell was born Feb. 27, 1914, in Churchtown, to Gertrude Deeney and James O'Donnell. She attended the town schools. She married Floyd Pottratz on Feb. 28, 1933, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Lycurgas. They established their home in New Albin. She was very active in the community, mainly with the Rosary Society, VFW, Senior Citizens and was a county volunteer for many years. She was a source of strength to her family, friends and community. The family would like to remember "she made a difference." Survivors include her husband, Floyd; daughters, Angela Lager, North Mankato, Minn., Becky Andresen, Eldridge, and Christy Lampert, New Albin; sons, Tom Pottratz, Indianapolis, Lloyd Pottratz, Davenport; Bob Pottratz, Melrose, Minn., and Dennis Pottratz, Decorah; 21 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Helen Hanson, Manitowoc, Wis. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Leona Troendle, and Dorothy Knuppe. May they rest in peace.
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