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Rita M. Cain (1926-2022)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 6/6/2022 at 10:38:47

Sioux Falls, SD ~ Rita M. Cain, age 94, formerly of Larchwood, IA, died on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Larchwood, IA, with burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Larchwood, IA. Visitation begins at 5:00 PM Monday, June 28, 2021 at George Boom Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Sioux Falls, where the family will greet friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM followed by a Liturgical Wake Service starts at 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial donation to Avera Prince of Peace Retirement Community in Sioux Falls, SD.
Rita Marie Snyders was born on October 15, 1926 on the family farm in Larchwood, IA. The seventh born of ten children to Frank M. and Nellie (Janssen) Snyders. Growing up in Larchwood IA, with her own large family, she learned how to work hard, give everything she had. She did her very best to develop many domestic skills. Her children were privileged to benefit from these gifts and blessed to have learned from her.
Rita met Stephen Phillip Cain in Larchwood, and the couple were united in marriage on November 11, 1946 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Rita was a faithful wife, fruitful in parenthood with rich results proven by the ten children she bore. Their love leaves a lineage consisting of 10 children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Rita could cook, bake, sew, garden and would help her husband with the farm work. All the while she would have one child on her hip and another holding her hand. There was always plenty to do as the wife of a farmer. Through the tough times she always kept her faith and truly loved her Lord Jesus.
Rita has been a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church in Larchwood technically since she’s been a baby, but upon their move back from LeMars in 1963, there has been no break in her membership. Always saying yes to the calls for baking cinnamon rolls and breads as well as serving at hundreds of church breakfasts, serving on the alter society, working on parish cook books, and many other church projects like teaching CCD and preparing funeral meals. St Mary’s had a dedicated member they knew they could count on when called.
She has witnessed so many world events: the depression, WW II, and all the other wars since. She went from outhouses to indoor plumbing, from party lines to wireless telephones, automotive advancements, the changes in farming and household innovations that are too numerous to name. But most importantly she is the last of her nine brothers and sisters to die. She courageously endured all their deaths until she was the only one left. Rita successfully saw to the farm after her husband’s death in October of 1994 and was currently still managing it.
Rita was excited to travel and camp with her family. She enjoyed making annual trips to Arizona in retirement, square dancing, wood carving, basket weaving with her sister, Monica, golfing with her sister Julie and anyone else who enjoyed the game, as well as tending to her large gardens and knitting.
Rita was grateful for her many dear friends and family. She loved every one and spent many hours in prayer for everyone she knew. She was quick with a joke and always welcoming. She was not afraid to tell you what she thought was right.
Rita’s children are so very grateful for her love and support in their lives and amazed by her tenacity and vigor. Her creativity showed in her sewing and the many other crafts that she enjoyed. Her children are proud of her and pray that she is now resting in heaven along with her husband.
Grateful for having shared her life are nine children: Donna Breuer of Paso Robles, CA, Leon Cain and his wife, Karen of Hot Springs, SD, Maureen Evans and her husband, Bob of Sioux Falls, SD, Stephen Cain of Avon, CO, Patricia Lape and her husband, Kenny of Elkins, AR, Mary Slade and her husband, Scott of Rock Rapids, IA, Suzanne Sehr and her husband, Todd of Sioux Falls, SD, Joseph Cain and his wife, Erica of Denver, CO and Michael Cain and his wife, Lori of Big Sky, MT; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Rita is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Nellie Snyders; husband, Stephen P. Cain; infant daughter, Marie Cain; son-in-law, Rick Breuer; four brothers, Joe, Franz, Paul and Matt Snyders; and five sisters, Mary Roemen-Kramer-Honrath, Irene Daniels, Helen Mitchell-Dains, Julie Roemen and Monica Weber.


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