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Rita Estelle Ehrens

August 4, 1941 — February 10, 2023

Hankinson, North Dakota

Rita Ehrens, 81, Wahpeton, ND died Feb 10, 2023, at St Gerard's Community of Care in Hankinson, ND.

Visitation will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023, with a 7 pm prayer service at Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home in Breckenridge. Visitation will continue at St. John's Catholic Church in Wahpeton, at 10 am Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.

The mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 am Friday, Feb. 17, 2023 at St. John's Catholic Church with Rev Dale Lagodinski as the celebrant. For those unable to attend, Rita's service will be available via live stream. Link can be located on her obituary page.

Rita was born August 4, 1941, to George and Lola (Henderson) Schuetze at St. Francis Hospital in Breckenridge. She grew up and attended school in Morris, MN, graduating in 1959.  Following high school, Rita attended nursing school.

On June 8, 1963, Rita was united in marriage to Dennis Ehrens in Morris, MN. They made their home in Wahpeton and their union was blessed with three children. Rita spent the majority of her adult life as a caregiver. She was employed by the St. Francis Medical Center and Nursing home in Breckenridge as well as St. Catherine's Nursing home in Wahpeton. She officially retired in 2006.  Her caring for others continued even as she was lovingly cared for at St. Gerard’s Community of Care.

Rita enjoyed spending time at the Wahpeton Senior Citizen Center playing cards and delivering Meals on Wheels with her husband Dennis. She had a green thumb and loved caring for plants and flowers. She also loved birds, particularly owls of which she maintained a large porcelain collection. Rita's greatest joy was spending time with family and friends.

Rita is survived by her son Duane (Karen) Ehrens, Bismarck, N.D., and their daughter Emily; and daughter Denise (Tim) Kriese, Fargo, N.D.; her brother Steve Schuetze, Lindstrom, MN, along with several nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Dennis; her parents, George and Lola; her daughter Darlene; her brothers, Floyd and Lowell; and her sisters, Dolores and Ramona.      

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family kindly requests all memorial contributions to be made to St. Gerard’s Community of Care Nursing Home in Hankinson, ND.

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Visitation

Thursday, February 16, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home

303 North Fifth Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520

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Prayer Service

Thursday, February 16, 2023

7:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Joseph Vertin & Sons Funeral Home

303 North Fifth Street, Breckenridge, MN 56520

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Visitation

Friday, February 17, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St John's Catholic Church

115 2nd St N, Wahpeton, ND 58075

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Funeral Mass

Friday, February 17, 2023

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St John's Catholic Church

115 2nd St N, Wahpeton, ND 58075

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