Rita Lukes, 76
Wed, 05/08/2019 - 1:17pm admin
MAY 17, 1942 —
May 6, 2019
ROCHESTER - Rita Lukes, age 76, of Rochester, Minn. passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019.
Mass is at St Pius X Catholic Church in Rochester at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2019. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in the Macken Funeral Home Chapel, 1105 12th Street, SE, Rochester and one-hour prior to the funeral Mass.
Rita Mae Swestka was born on May 17, 1942, to John and Marcella Swestka in Cresco, Iowa. She graduated from Rudolphinum High School in Protivin, Iowa.
Rita was a retired bookkeeper. Since retirement, she was active in the Rochester Eagles Club and was Past President of the Eagles Auxilary. She volunteered for 35 years at the Eagles Cancer Telethon and was the treasurer of their homeowners association.
Rita enjoyed watching all sports and especially cheering on the Minnesota teams until the end of the games. She enjoyed playing cards with friends and family and was an amazing cook. Her greatest joy of all was spending time with family and friends and always put the needs of others before herself.
Rita is survived by her husband of 57 years, Virgil; three children, Doreen (Dennis) Dieser, Dean Lukes and Carol Gorman; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Donna (Jim) Townsend, Art (Wanda) Swestka, Cheryl (Ron) Jensen, Ron (Joyce) Swestka, John Jr. (Joanie) Swestka and Gary (Roberta) Swestka.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Mary.