Celebration of Life: Rita M. Wiltgen

Rita Mae (née Ledenbach) Wiltgen, 88, of Ephraim, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on January 18, 2018, joining her beloved husband, Len, in heaven. Rita was born on January 18, 1930, in Evanston, Illinois, to Peter and Gertrude (née Laubach) Ledenbach. She attended St. Scholastica Academy and Mundelein College, both in Chicago, Illinois, and married Leonard R. Wiltgen in Evanston on June 24, 1952. Following their marriage, Rita and Len lived in El Paso, Texas; Winona, Minnesota; Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; Edina, Minnesota; Green Bay; Bloomington, Minnesota; and since 1995 in Ephraim, where they enjoyed a quiet life with plenty of time for family.

Rita, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, is survived by her nine children, Nancy, Paul (Rosetta), Timothy (Dolleen), Lawrence (Lois), Charles (Patricia), Eric (Judy Ziebell), Andrew (Kelly), Christine King (Michael), and Sarah Bohrer (Jeff); by seventeen grandchildren, Kathryn Monroe (Tyler), Anthony (Amy), Anne (James Yoder), Michelle (Jake Duncan), Bryan, Robert (Nicole), William, Charles, Erin Weeks (Paul), Lauren, Jeffrey (Alix), Joshua (Elizabeth), Daniel King, Jennifer King, Alisa Rogers (Christian), Ryan Christensen, and Nicholas Christensen; by ten great-grandchildren, Atticus Monroe, F.L. Monroe, Emma, Max, Vito Duncan, Morel Duncan, Declan Weeks, Addeline, Shaylan, and Leo Rogers; and by her best buddy Jackson. Rita is also survived by her dear sister-in-law, Mary Jo Wiltgen, and by many nieces and nephews. Rita was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard, her parents, and her sister Rosemary (née Ledenbach) Quirk.

A celebration of life and funeral mass for Rita M. Wiltgen, of Ephraim, will take place July 27 at St. Rosalia’s Church in Sister Bay. Visitation begins at 10 am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. A luncheon will take place immediately after mass in St. Rosalia’s Church Hall.

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