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Rita Catherine Rezac Dougherty was born November 22, 1934, on the family farm in Webster Township, Rice County, Minnesota, to James and Agnes dougherty-rita-small-214x300(Malecha) Rezac. She attended Rosary School and graduated from Northfield High School in 1952.  After high school Rita moved to Mankato and spent several years studying at Our Lady of Good Council.  On November 19, 1966, Rita married James P. Dougherty at St. Dominic’s Church in Northfield.  After marriage they made their home in Dundas.  Jim died very unexpectedly on March 4, 1985.   Rita spent several years working at St. Olaf College and later at Viratech in Faribault, retiring in 2005.

Rita was a lifelong active member of the Church of St. Dominic.  She and Jim were also very active on both the local and state levels of the Eagle’s Club.  She enjoyed gardening, fishing playing Bingo, going to Elko Speedway to watch her sons, and being involved with her children and their families.  Rita always took the time to know her children’s friends and was a mother and grandmother to all.  She was kind, generous, caring and forgiving, and she will be missed.

Survivors include her children: Debra (Myron) Deutsch of Faribault, Jim (Molly) of LeCenter, Shawn (Jennifer Erickson) of Prior Lake, Diana (Steve) Hall of Dundas; 10 grandchildren: Adam, Justin, Josh and Jordan Deutsch, Reese, Allison and Jamie Dougherty, Alexis and Aurora Dougherty, Taylor Dougherty; her sisters: Elsie Keilen of Faribault, Mary Ann (Clinton) Kruse of Northfield, Judith Matson of Dundas; her sisters-in-law Donna Rezac of Dundas, Sharon Rezac of Northfield; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; 2 daughters Coleen and Cindy;  her parents; her brothers Eugene, Bernard, Jack Lawrence and James; and her sisters Rose Rowan and Blanche Cox.

Rita passed away Wednesday morning, July 1, 2015, at the care center of the Northfield Retirement Community at the age of 80.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 6, 2015, at the Church of St. Dominic in Northfield with Fr. Dennis Dempsey officiating. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jim Dougherty, Shawn Dougherty, Steve Hall, Tom Rezac and Steve Rezac.  Visitation will be at church one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral