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Rita A. Munson Watkins
(February 2, 1923 - September 4, 2011)

Rita A. Munson Watkins

Funeral Services will be held

First United Methodist Church Wayne

Wednesday 2:00 p.m. September 7, 2011


Tuesday 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. With Family Present Hasemann Funeral Home Wayne

Interment Greenwood Cemetery Wayne, Nebraska

She passed away Sunday at Heritage Of Bel-Air in Norfolk

Ministers Rev. Pete Phillips Chaplain Rosalind Woods

Honorary Pallbearers Rita’s Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren

Gina Munson Amy Schwartz Rebecca Munson Jacob Schwartz Ashlynn Schwartz Matthew Munson CourtneyFlohr Peyton Flohr

Active Pallbearers

Chad Jenkins Michael Munson Brian Schwartz Lynn Bailey Terry Munson Jerry Winnepenninkx

Rita Adele Munson Watkins was born February 2, 1923, at Norfolk to Emil and Philomena (VanVlessler) Winnepenninkx. She graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School. Rita married Lawrence ‘Bud” Munson October 15, 1942, at Ogden, UT. Following World War II, in 1945, the couple moved to Norfolk. They lived for a time in Neligh then moved to Wayne in 1957. Bud died in 1980. Rita married Edward Watkins December 18, 1988, at First United Methodist Church in Wayne. They lived in Wayne all of their married life. Rita was a child care provider in her home for twenty-two years and later a custodian at Wayne State College. She enjoyed sewing, reading, camping, and working with her flowers. Rita is survived by her son, Gary (Mavis) Munson of Norfolk; daughter, Sharon (Robert) Jenkins of Wayne; step-daughter, Barbara (Byron) Heier of Wayne; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence “Bud” Munson in 1980; husband, Edward Watkins in 1999; and nine siblings.


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