CROSSLAKE - Rita B. Mertensotto, 73, of Crosslake, and formerly of Bloomington and New Ulm, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, at the Bethany Good Samaritan Home in Brainerd after a long brave struggle with Alzheimer's.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2008, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm with Father Leon Mertensotto celebrating the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday and will continue from 7:30 until 10:30 a.m. on Monday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home in New Ulm. There will be a rosary by the St. Anne's NCSF at 6:30 p.m. and a parish prayer service at 7:30 p.m. both Sunday at the funeral home.
Rita was born in New Ulm and married Wallace Mertensotto on Sept. 8, 1956. Graduating from Holy Trinity High School in 1953, she received her LPN license at St. Joseph's Hospital in Mankato and worked as an LPN medical secretary at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis. For 15 years she volunteered in the Bloomington School system, including secretary to the Principal at Bloomington Kennedy High School. She was a lifetime member of Catholic Society of Foresters and a former member of Crosslake Lions Women's Club.
Preceded in death by her father and mother Erwin and Gladys Holm, she will be lovingly remembered by her caring husband, Wallace; her son and daughter-in-law, Tom and Lisa Mertensotto, of Salisbury, Md.; her daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Randy Snyder, of Eden Prairie, Minn.; granddaughters, Ashley, Christina and Allie Mertensotto, Stephanie and Kelly Snyder; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carol Holm, of New Ulm, James and Donna Holm, of New Ulm; and one sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and Richard Drexler, of New Ulm; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
An avid reader, Rita will be remembered for her charming personality and random acts of kindness without ever asking for anything in return. Family and friends will always remember Rita for her creative "desserts" and her professionalism as a seamstress.
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