Rita R. Pedersen
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Rita Rae Pedersen, age 64 of Crofton, Nebraska died on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at her residence.

Funeral Services will be on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:30 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington with Rev. Amanda Talley officiating. Burial will be in the Hartington City Cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Wintz Funeral Home in Hartington. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Thursday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Dominic, Owen, Wade, Ashlyn, Gage and Dawson Pedersen. Honorary Pallbearers will be Raelyn and Ryker Pedersen.

Rita was born on March 24, 1953 in Estherville, Iowa to Dwayne Alvin and Virginia (Stefanski) Cummins. She moved to Hartington as a young girl and graduated from Hartington High School in 1971. Rita married Leon Pedersen on November 26, 1971 in Hartington. They made their home in Hartington and Rita worked at MTron in Yankton in 1972 and 1973. She spent the next 15 years caring for her 4 sons and in 1988 she began working at HTI in Hartington as a telephone sales rep. supervisor and finally as the head supervisor. In 2007 they purchased the Eagles Roost near the Yankton dam and made their home there. She began working at the First National Bank Card Center in Yankton in 2008.

Rita was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Hartington and enjoyed camping, boating, motorcycles, especially her Harley, and traveling. She helped her brother, Dennis, at the Cedar County Raceway for many years.

Rita is survived by her husband, Leon of Crofton; 4 sons, Eric Pedersen of Allen, Nebraska; Ben Pedersen of Crofton; Clint Pedersen of Omaha; Casey Pedersen of Crofton; 8 grandchildren, Dominic, Owen, Wade, Ashlyn, Gage, Dawson, Raelyn and Ryker Pedersen, a sister-in-law, Kathy and Tom Uhl of Dakota Dunes, SD.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Dennis Cummins and a nephew, David Cummins.




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So sad to hear of Rita's passing our thoughts and prayers are with Leon and family

Randy Anderson


Leon and family,

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories of Rita to forever hold in your heart.

Ray and Natashia Moser


I am very saddened at the loss of Rita. I knew Rita as a friend working at First Bankcard. My sympathy to her family.

Marsha Dahlseid


Leon so sorry to hear of Rita's passing,you know you are in our thoughts and prayers.You know we are here for you.

Jerry and Cathy Scott


Leon, Eric, Clint, Ben, and Casey and family. Rita was a wonderful person as you all are well aware of. She had such a huge impact on my life and life decisions. She will be sorely missed by so so many people. Truly an angel on earth. There is a little less sparkle in the world because she is gone home to her heavenly home. Blessings to all of you and peace be with you during this difficult time. You all have our sympathy. Marge and Phyllis Thompson and Nicole and Brent Hinspeter.

Marge Thompson


Leon, I am so sorry to hear of Rita's passing. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Colleen (Cooper) Olson


Family of Rita.. I will always remember her laughing at my silly jokes and how just her smile would light up the room ! Her ability to FOCUS was uncanny. She definitely left behind many happy memories for all of us to keep in our hearts.

Jill Gregg


My condolences to the family. Losing a loved one is very difficult. May you find comfort in God's promise to wipe all tears from our faces and swallow up death forever. Isaiah 25:8

Jo Myles


Leon and family...so sorry to learn of Rita's passing. Condolences to you and your entire family!

Bill & Lois Widhalm


Leon and family, We are so sorry to hear the passing of Rita, Your Loved one. May God help you through this!

Douglas and Nancy Pedersen


Leon, my deepest sympathy to you and all your family. Rita was a great friend of mine, we shared many laughs together and so many good memories. I want you to know I loved her with all my heart and I'm so sorry for her passing. May God wrap his arms around all of you and comfort each and everyone during this time. Rita was a beautiful person. RIP my friend. You will be dearly missed.

Sharon Hayes


Leon and all families and friends of Rita,

I extend my sympathy and prayers to you all for your loss of Rita, wife, mother, daughter and friend. May your loving memories give you comfort as you live your lives that she is a big part of.

David Levorson

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