Rita Jo Ann Moonier
Rita was born on January 18, 1942, in St. Louis, Missouri. She was one of five siblings. Rita met Tom in her teens, and they married in 1960. Together they raised five children and weathered all the ups and downs of life. The last 23 years of her life included multiple fights against cancer. She put her Irish feistiness to the test on seven separate occasions. Rita credited her faith in God’s plan for giving her strength in these battles. She was an inspiration of perseverance to countless people.
Rita was “The Boss” supporting her husband Tom’s career in law enforcement for 51 years of service while also running their home. As her children reached adult age, she then became a pivotal supporting role in raising her grandchildren, offering advice, care, and the most magnificent Christmases they could ever imagine. In addition to her role as a strong family leader, Rita would go to “work” making sure slot machines were functioning well throughout the country.
Rita’s large family was the center of her life, attending countless baptisms, birthdays, graduations, weddings and births, she was a fixture to all of their life’s events. Rita’s children include John (Cheryl) Moonier, Christine (Tim) Stoverink, Katie (Richard) Ehrhard, Mary (Chuck) Weinman, and Erin (Michael) Goodman. Her grandchildren include Meghan (Mark) Sauer, Christopher (Janna) Moonier, Josh (Julie) Moonier, Tim (Jennifer) Stoverink, Joe (Cristina) Stoverink, Jack (Madisyn Weiss) Stoverink, Tessa (Connor) Grumich, Sarah (Cody Sauer) Ehrhard, Danielle Ehrhard, Charlie (Jocelyn Celeste) Weinman, Mollie (Logan) Wagoner, Tommy Weinman, Zachary (Ginny Schranck) Weinman, Lily Goodman, Zoey Goodman, and Lucy Goodman. Her great grandchildren include Grace, Louis, Emmelyn, Audrey, Mary-Kate, Elizabeth, Bridget, John, Maggie, Celia, Theo, Stella, Trey, Penelope, Jameson, Genevieve, Holden, Max, Eddie, Aria, Cali and Cooper.
Rita’s life will be celebrated with a memorial mass at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27th at Blessed Theresa of Calcutta. 150 N. Elizabeth Ferguson, MO 63135. Visitation preceding mass starting at 10:00 a.m.
Rita has her adoring husband Tom, their sweet daughter Katie and precious granddaughter Danielle in Heaven, who have been patiently waiting for her. She is preceded in death by Joseph and Stella McCormack, brothers Tom and Larry, and sisters Pat and Virginia.
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