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Rita Edwards

March 09, 2020

Rita Edwards Rita Edwards
Rita Edwards, 81, of La Crosse passed away Monday, March 9, 2020, in La Crosse. She was born in De Kalb, Ill., to Ruby and Bert Cooksey. She attended Northern Illinois University and began her career as an elementary school teacher in De Kalb. She married Dick Edwards in 1961, in De Kalb, while he was in the Air Force and stationed as an air traffic controller at Midway Airport. They enjoyed a lifetime of love throughout their 49 years of marriage. Many in our region will remember Rita from her time spent in our community at Edwardo's Pizza Wagon, Dayton's FYI, Edwards China Shop and Weight Watchers. She was a stylish woman with many gifts, a warm heart and is greatly missed.
Rita is survived by son, Tod; son, Jeff and his wife, Kris and their children, Taylor, Evan and Lauren of Onalaska; daughter, Lisa and her daughter, Luna, of La Crosse. She was preceded in death by husband, Dick; parents, Ruby and Bert; and her sister, Joni.
Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse, with family services. The Blaschke Funeral Home, 1501 West Ave. S., assisted the family with arrangements.
Rita and her family would like to express our gratitude to Gundersen Health System and Bethany St. Joseph, for their extraordinary care.
Memorials are preferred to Gundersen Medical Foundation - Reach Out and Read Program. Online condolences may be made at www.blaschkeschneider.com.
Published on March 22, 2020
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Faye Goldsmith & Don Dionne
Mar 25, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. We have many good memories at Edwardo's for the best pizza in town. Everyone so nice and friendly. Tod, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Miss seeing you, Tod.
Anne-Marie & Mark Hein
Mar 23, 2020
Our heart felt sympathies to Rita's family, she was a fun lady to visit with. We remember her & Tod from Edwardo's on Rose Street. In our early years we celebrated our wedding anniversaries at Edwardo's . First, just ourselves, then with children, 4, as they came into our lives. We always enjoyed our pizza dinners, our family time together & our chats with Rita, Tod and their staff. And the kids didnot vomit, which was an occasional problem when we dined out.
Teri Herrewig
Mar 22, 2020
Medium Dish Garden was purchased for the family of Rita Edwards by Teri Herrewig.  Send flowers
Teri (McAllister)Herrewig
Mar 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy for Rita's family. I was only one of many people who the Edwards helped in this community. I was introduced to Rita by one of her relatives Cindy Gerke a go getter done-and done right - type of woman whom had been keeping me busy during the years of owning my cleaning service as I was struggling as a single parent of six children. If it weren't for Cindy's big heart and all the Edwards family helping me out throughout a whole decade I wouldn't have succeeded to where I am today. I looked up to Rita as a big sister. I looked up to her husband Dick not only as my boss but as a big brother for he taught me to stand tall and fight for my rights when going through trials in li...fe. I wanted to become a parent like Rita was to her children teaching them good work ethics and carrying for others. Her children Tod, Jeff, and Lisa became family to me. I would have never experienced a life having a little sister if it wasn't for Lisa. She was a terrific teacher to me educating me with everything that needed to be done in the kitchen and having fun while working and always willing to help out if I needed it on her day off. Tod the most carring man I've ever known had hired me as a full time cook, plus a house maid. For many years of watching him help his employees I often wondered if he was ever going to take time for himself. Jack selling me a house and Jeff helped me out as my realtor. I truly felt carred for by everyone in this wonderful carrying family. Rita was a wonderful mother and did a great job of putting time shaping and molding such a wonderful family to become the people who they are today. Best of all she accomplished doing that with Class. Even at home she was a Classy lady who has left me with many fun memories of moments of her beautiful smile and her sweet giggles and laughter. My favorite memory is the one and only time she screamed at me. I was making many trips taking things to the third floor of the house for her and suddenly I heard her say "Do you need a break? Your all sweaty!" I turned around seeing her Classic look always looking beautiful and me being in blue jeans and t-shirt saying "Why do I stink?" She responded "Well, I don't know do you?" We both busted out laughing. -When I told her "No I'm doing fine and almost done, remember I'm on your dime with this time, and I feel I'm getting a free membership at the YMCA with all this excercise". She screamed out as I started running up the steps " But what would I do if you fell and broke a leg!!!!" I don't think we had ever laughed so hard before.
I'm sad time went by so quickly and we lost touch of each other. But I will keep my memories in my heart forever for they were indeed created during the best time in my life. Thank's to Rita and her family for they all helped me during my life of many struggles turning into the best years of my life. You're in my thoughts and prayers for strength at this difficult time. God bless you all.
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Joe Moulis
Mar 22, 2020
Lisa, Jeff, and Todd. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Rita and Dick always made me feel like family during and after working for the restaurant. I will always remember Rita's sense of style. She was a class act.
Mar 22, 2020
She was truly a beautiful woman! My deepest sympathies!
Chuck & Linda Rudrud
Mar 22, 2020
Dick/Rita and family had the ‘all time best pizza’ establishment in La Crosse. Great family - great service - great pizza. We had a visit with Rita at Bethany St Joe’s a few weeks ago. Always a super person to visit with. We extend heartfelt condolences to the family.