Rita S. Zilka

SAUL CENTRE – A memorial service for Rita S. Zilka, 67, of Sauk Centre, will be 11 a.m. today, June 15, at First Lutheran Church in Sauk Centre, with Rev. Don Reisig officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

Rita passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at CentraCare Health Systems in Sauk Centre. Friends may call from 10-11 a.m. today at the church in Sauk Centre.

Arrangements made by Patton-Schad Funeral and Cremation Services of Sauk Centre.

Rita Sue Nordstrom was born Feb. 18, 1946, in Martin County, Minn., to Eugene and Carolyn (Spiegeler) Nordstrom. She was baptized and confirmed in Trimont Methodist Church and graduated from Trimont High School in 1964. On Sept. 2, 1967, she married Gary Rahm. They later divorced. On Oct. 7, 2000, she married Marvin Zilka in Sauk Centre. Rita was a longtime member of the Grace Lutheran church choir in Fairmont. She was a member of the Al Zinter Chorale, and a founding member of the Fairmont Hockey Association. Rita worked and cooked at different restaurants and cleaned houses. She enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren. Rita especially enjoyed working in the yard or fishing with Marvin.

Rita is survived by her husband, Marvin Zilka of Sauk Centre; parents, Eugene and Carolyn Nordstrom of Fairmont; son, Darin (Shannon) Rahm of Fairmont; daughter, Dana (Jeremy) Rahm of Fairmont; mother-in-law, Gene Zilka of Sauk Centre; step-son, Marc (Sharon) Farley Zilka of Tucson, Ariz.; six grandchildren; sister, Cindy (Larry) Ahrens of Somerset, Wis.; brothers, Greg (Linda) Nordstrom of Fairmont and Torre Nordstrom of St. James; aunt, Maridel Spiegeler of Ariz., and great-aunt, Nelda Berry of Minneapolis; many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Rita was preceded in death by her grandparents; aunts; uncles; several cousins; and father-in-law, Anthony Zilka.