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United Methodist Church, Tyndall
Wednesday December 2nd, 2020

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Rita M. Hajek

Rita Hajek, age 83 of Tyndall, passed away Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, SD.

Rita Weisser was born on February 10, 1937 in Tyndall. She married Richard (Dick) Hajek on November 3, 1956. She attended Southern State College in Springfield where she earned a teaching certificate.

Rita taught for a year and after starting a family, became a homemaker and farm wife. She was heavily involved in First United Methodist church serving in various leadership roles throughout her life. She continued serving into her eighties helping prepare the bulletin and the church newsletter. She was an active member of the Jolly Neighbors organization.
Rita was an avid collector of dishes and cookbooks and she was an amazing cook. From the time her kids were little, she made thematic meals including the place settings, dress, and music. Her life was centered around family and food. She loved kitchen gadgets, some of which never made it out of the box.

Her family was her passion and she invested in her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren by attending their events and learning the ways they connected so she could stay in contact with them. She was a “hip” grandma through texting, Facebook and Instagram! She was a talented seamstress and she loved to embroider and crochet.
She loved to travel, taking family trips around the country when the kids were still home. She and Dick traveled to other countries and later in life, they decided they wanted to travel with family again so the family was able to take five larger trips with kids and grandkids.
Rita has graciously donated her body to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for the education of future health care professionals.

She was preceded by her husband and life partner of 50 years, Richard Hajek, her parents and her siblings.

Surviving her are her five children Cary (Dorothy) Hajek of Tyndall, Teresa (DeWayne) Keegel of Litchfield, AZ, Mike (Lori) Hajek of Tyndall, Jim (Lisa) Hajek of Morrison, CO, and Jackie (Shay) Davis of Orange City, IA; twelve grandchildren, 6 great-grands and two on the way.

Rita has graciously donated her body to the University of South Dakota in Vermillion for the education of future health care professionals.

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Cary, Dorothy, Teresa & families I am so saddened at learning of your mother's death. I am sorry that though I've probably met her way back I never. Knew her. She will be surely missed by your family and community. My condolences. Julie 14720

Julie Schneider Dec 19 2020 6:12 PM

We admired Rita for her caring for others and giving of self to family and community. We fondly remember Rita as a neighbor in our young years and schoolmate and later, as a wife and mother and an active community and church participant. Our deepest sympathies. Carol and Duane

Carol and Duane Grimme Dec 6 2020 4:37 PM

So very sorry to learn this news! She was a friend of the Grimme clan and went to high school with my Uncle Norm. My sincere sympathy to her family and to countless friends in Tyndall and her church. Peace to all.

Beverly Cooper Dec 6 2020 12:12 AM

I have lots memories of Rita over the years. From family visits to her teaching the neighbor girls how to knit. I was left handed and she struggled teaching me to knitt. Finished my scarf and she smiles well knitting is not for everyone. I still have the scarf. Hot pink and bright yellow, never wore it but it is the one and only thing I ever made. Last time we were together is when Uncle Norman was visiting and we played a wild game of cribbage. She will be missed!

Sandi Kramer Dec 5 2020 4:00 AM

Family of Rita, Our sympathy goes out to all of you for the loss of Rita. She was a very special lady. She will be missed by us all . Our love and prayers are with you all . Rest In Peace Love the Carlsons

Guy and Tammy Carlson Dec 4 2020 11:23 PM

My deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. She was such a special lady. A true Christian. She will be missed by everyone.

Ellen Rodenberg Dec 4 2020 5:56 PM

Family of Rita, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Please know you are in our prayers. May your faith and memories bring you comfort in the days ahead. All our love, Jill & Jeff

Jeff & Jill Dvorak Dec 4 2020 4:36 AM

Cary and Mike and families, you have our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother and grandma. May she rest in peace. Joe and Darlene

Joe Kostal Dec 3 2020 8:19 PM