Rita Amelia Pouliot, age 84, of Loretto, passed peacefully Friday, May 4, 2018, with all her children and some of her grandchildren by her side.
She was born March 23, 1934, in Anoka, to Theodore and Eleanor (Barthel) Dehn.
Rita was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, who was devoted to her family.
She was born and raised on a dairy farm in Anoka, one of 11 children in her family.
Rita met Donald Pouliot at the Lake Sarah dance hall. Donald was also a dairy farmer from Loretto. They were married in 1954, and built a home on the Pouliot farm, where they raised their eight children.
Not only did Rita care for her family, but also for several hired farm helpers. She babysat for extra money, as well as sold sweet corn and veggies.
Rita loved to bake, entertain, volunteer at the church, and play bingo.
Her family was her first priority. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought a lot of joy into her and Don’s lives.
A huge passion of Rita’s was to donate and help the less fortunate. She gathered school supplies, food, toiletries, bedding, clothing, shoes, etc., for those less fortunate in Africa; as well as items for the Appalachian Mountains through her parish. It gave her great joy knowing she was making someone’s life more comfortable.
Rita always put others first. She was diagnosed 16 years ago with a rare blood disease called Amyloidosis. She fought a long battle until she passed away from complications due to the disease.
Rita is survived by her children, Julaine (Dave) Krier, Joyce (Randy) Hatcher, David (Louise) Pouliot, Allen (Donna) Pouliot, Douglas (Denise) Pouliot, Janice (Pat) Hank, Jodi (Dave) Thomsen, and Aaron (Peggy) Pouliot; 21 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; siblings Delores DeMars, James (Bernie) Dehn, Marie Picotte, and Ron (Marie) Dehn; and sisters-in-law Noreen Dehn, and Margaret Dehn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald; her parents, Theodore and Eleanor (nee Barthel) Dehn; brothers, Harold, Gordy, LeRoy, and Norbert; and sisters Leora and Helen.
Concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Loretto.
There was visitation Sunday, May 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., with a 7:30 p.m. prayer service, in Ss. Peter and Paul Parish Center in Loretto.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.