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OBIT: Rita I. Follmuth

Rita I. Follmuth, 79, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024 in Mason City. A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel.

Rita I. Follmuth, 79, of Mason City, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2024 in Mason City.

A Celebration of Life will be held 11:00 am Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at Hogan Bremer Moore Colonial Chapel, 126 3rd St NE, Mason City with Jill Branstad of Community of Christ church officiating.

Rita’s family will greet relatives and friends beginning at 10:00 am on Tuesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers and customary remembrances, memorials may be left in Rita’s honor to Hospice of North Iowa.

The daughter of Elmer and Garnet (Pierce) Hansen, Rita was born in the middle of a snowstorm on May 8, 1945. She grew up on the family farm along with her five siblings and attended elementary school in Swaledale before graduating from Clear Lake High School.

Rita enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved horseback riding. As a young lady she also enjoyed skating at the Clearview Roller Rink in Clear Lake. It was here her friend, Homer, introduced her to her future husband, Jack Follmuth. Jack and Rita spent many Wednesday and Sunday nights at the Roller Rink, skating until the very end of the night to the final song, Goodnight Irene. Rita also loved dancing, and many Friday nights were spent at the Surf Ballroom with Jack, although he never quite mastered the art of the Polka!

The couple was married on September 12, 1965 and although the first two years of the marriage were challenging with Jack serving in the military, it was a true testament to Rita’s commitment and endurance. They moved to Mason City in 1967 and were blessed with three sons, John, Edward, and Jeffrey.

Rita was known by many for her talents in the kitchen; she was a fantastic cook and a gifted baker. Many will remember her unforgettable cinnamon rolls. Rita used her gifts in the kitchen to serve others, for 30 years as the cafeteria manager at the high school and in earlier years at the IOOF Home.

She was a devoted member of the Community of Christ church and dedicated countless hours to hosting chili suppers, Easter breakfasts, and youth and teen meals at the church.

Above all else, though, her love and devotion for family was paramount. She cherished becoming a grandmother and great grandmother and spent every available hour with her grandkids.

Those grateful in sharing in Rita’s life include her husband, Jack; sons, John (Sharri) Follmuth, Edward (Lori) Follmuth, and Jeffrey (Tami) Follmuth; grandchildren, Jessica, Jaylee (Dustin), Steven (Amy), Miranda (Brad), Stephanie (John), Jera Lee, and Dustin (Ali); great grandchildren, Austin, Willow, Juniper, Thomas, Emmalee, Finley, Dylann, Vinalee, Payton and Parker; siblings, Alan Hansen and Garnet Roney; sisters in law, Fanny Hansen and Barb Brandau; and brothers in law, Bob and Roy.

She is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Janyce (Ron), Martin, and Lawrence; brother in law, Jim Follmuth; and her beloved great grandson, Wesley.

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