Rita (Ehlenfeldt) GavinskiApril 30, 1922 ~ October 4, 2017 (age 95)
Madison/Sun Prairie - Rita Gavinski passed away on October 4, 2017 in Sun Prairie, at the age of 95. She was born April 30, 1922 in Marshall, to Louis and Genevieve Ehlenfeldt. Rita married William (Bill) Gavinski on April 12, 1943. The Gavinski family resided in Columbus and raised four children there; Bonnie, Bill, Brenda and Beth.
Rita was preceded in death by her husband; parents; sister, Kathryn; brothers, Wilfred and Gerald; daughters, Brenda Cyrus and Bonnie Carney; and grandson, Nick Cyrus. She is survived by her daughter, Beth (Jim) Stinson; her son, Bill (Janice) Gavinski; her sons-in-law, Richard Carney and Chet Cyrus; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Rita was in the clothing business; she was the owner of "Fashion Aire", a women's clothing store in Sun Prairie in the "1970s". She later worked for Pranges and Boston Store in Madison. She was known for her sense of style! Rita enjoyed wintering in Florida for over 30 years. She enjoyed playing bridge and golf, and watching Badger and Packer football. She also enjoyed her Columbus pot luck group. Rita was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Madison.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A reception will follow at Benvenuto’s on Sherman Ave. Rita will be laid to rest at Columbus Hillside Cemetery in Columbus.
The family would like to thank the staff of "Betty's Harbor"/New Perspectives Senior Living of Sun Prairie, for their kindness and professionalism in caring for Rita over the past two years. They would also like to thank the staff of Agrace HospiceCare for all they did to care for Rita these last few months, as well as the support they provided to the family and to the staff of "Betty's Harbor". In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to Agrace, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, in Rita's memory.
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