Rita M. Lindquist

Rita M. Lindquist

GLADSTONE — Rita M. Lindquist, age 83, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at her home in Gladstone.

Rita was born Dec. 21,1936 in Escanaba, the daughter of Floyd and Irene (Chroge) Ross. She graduated from Rapid River High School in 1955. During her high school years, you could always see Rita driving around town in her grandpa’s old Model T. After high school, she attended Augustana Nursery in Chicago, Ill. where she graduated in 1956 as a pediatric nurse. In July of 1957, in Chicago, Rita was introduced to her future husband, Milton Lindquist. They were united in marriage April 18, 1958 at Elim Lutheran Church in Chicago, Ill. by Pastor Wilbur Johnson. After the birth of her children, she remained a homemaker while raising her family. They remained in the Chicago area until returning to Gladstone 22 years ago after Milton’s retirement. Rita was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Rapid River. She was also a member of the “Calvary Quilters,” which met every Friday. Rita and Milton were both members of the Senior Smear Club in Rapid River and former members of Rapid River Lions Club. Rita enjoyed ceramics and woodworking crafts with Milton.

Rita is survived by daughter, Cathy Lindquist of Hammond, Ind.; son, Mark (Lori) Lindquist of Hammond, Ind.; four grandchildren, Joshua (Stephanie Morningstar) Lindquist of Lowell, Ind., David (Cindy) Hansen of Valparaiso, Ind., Elena (Bret) Matthews of Crown Point, Ind., Antonio “TJ” (Marcus) Bergergard of Hammond, Ind.; five great-grandchildren, Lily ­Morningstar, Brandon and Damien Hansen, Zachary and Chloe Matthews; sister-in-law, Tammy Thurber; aunt, Esther Rohde; special niece, Christe Terrien; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Rita is preceded in death by husband, Milton Lindquist; and two brothers, Glen (Janet) Ross and Clifford Ross.

Graveside services are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 at 3 p.m. at the Rapid River Cemetery with Pastor Stephen Gauger officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to the Calvary Lutheran Memorial Fund or Calvary Quilters.

The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Lindquist Family. Please visit www.skradskifuneralhomes.com where you can express your sympathy to the family.