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Rita A. Levinski, 83

Rita Ann Levinski, age 83, of Darwin, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012, at the Dassel Lakeside Care Center.

She was born Nov. 13, 1928, in Litchfield, the daughter of Victor and Rose (Vacek) LaPlante.

Rita grew up and attended school in Litchfield, graduating from Litchfield High School in 1946.

She was united in marriage to Burt Levinski in September of 1949. The couple made their home in rural Darwin, where they farmed.

As an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, Rita belonged to the CCW and Daughters of Isabella.

She thoroughly enjoyed being a home maker, especially cooking, knitting, and sewing; and was a member of the Litchfield Quilters Club.

Most important to Rita was her family, her faith, and her church.

She is survived by her children, Joe (and Joann) Levinski of Homedale, ID, Jim (and Kate) Levinski of Darwin, John (and Lois) Levinski of Meridian, ID, Mary (and Pat) Wisdorf of West Pueblo, CO, Greg (and Pat) Levinski of South Haven, Pete (and Denise) Levinski of Litchfield, Michelle (and Mark) Fichtinger of Glenside, PA, Martha Levinski on mission, Steve (and Mary) Levinski of Darwin, Andy (and Kim) Levinski of Dassel, and Sarah (and Bill) Merrill of San Diego, CA; 33 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Rita is also survived by her brothers, Harold (and Mary Lou) LaPlante of Duluth, James LaPlante, Dale (and Helen) LaPlante, all of Litchfield; a sister, Mary Jo (and Wes) Edwards of Litchfield; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Burt; a daughter, Monica; a brother, Austin; and a sister, Margaret Amos.

A Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, Aug. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Darwin, followed by interment in the church cemetery.

Visitation was Sunday, Aug. 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Johnson-Hagglund Funeral, followed by a parish prayer service with CCW rosary at 7 p.m.; and continued Monday, one hour prior to the services at the church.

Arrangements were by Johnson-Hagglund Funeral Home in Litchfield; sign the online guestbook at www.johnsonhagglund.com.