McDONALD, Kan. -- Rita Marie (Pianalto) Antholz, 70, died Sunday (Feb. 8, 2004) at Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver, Colo.
She was born Oct. 22, 1933 in Tully, Kan., to George and Clara (Barenberg) Pianalto. She attended grade school at the Hillside School District, rural Atwood. She completed her education at St. Scholastica Academy in Fort Smith , Ark., and graduated in 1951.
On April 15, 1952, she married Carl H.J. Antholz at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Atwood. The couple worked together on the family farm near McDonald. She worked as a bus driver and para-professional for Cheylin Unified School District until the time of her death.
She was a Eucharist Minister at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bird City; and was a member of the Garden Club, the Christian Mother's Altar Society and the church choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl; one daughter, Susan Clare; four brothers, Gene, Lester, Charles and Elmer Pianalto; and three sisters, Agnes Faimon, Georgene Kohler and Lorine Bliss.
Survivors include three sons, Herman and wife, Babs Antholz of McDonald, Mike and wife, Margyre Antholz of St. Francis, and Eric and wife, Melody Antholz of Riverton; eight daughters, Cecilia Cooper of Colby, Kan., Kathy Russell and husband, Curtis of Goodland, Kan., Sylvia Hubbard and husband, Dave of McDonald, Ann Parcel and husband, Duane of Meade, Kan., Barbara Murphy and husband, Rod of Girard, Kan., Mary Volk and husband, Leon of Goodland, Lisa Mertens and husband, Mark of Merino, Colo., and Joan Grace and husband, Phil of Kansas City, Mo.; four brothers, John and wife, Margaret Pianalto of Atwood, Albert and wife Deanna Pianalto of Chester, Va., Frank Pianalto of Edina, Mo., and Fred and wife, Janice Pianalto of Calrton, Minn.; five sisters, Marjorie Horonik and husband, A.J. of rural Atwood, Patricia Simoni and husband, Frank of St. Peters, Mo., Betty Golwas, Shirley Price and husband, Eldon, all of Cottage Hills, Ill., and Linda Lattanzi and husband, Andrew of Boulder, Colo.; 29 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A parish vigil and Christian Mothers Altar Society rosary will be Wednesday, 7 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home of Atwood.
Mass of Christian burial will be Thursday, 10:30 a.m., at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bird City with the Revs. Beryl Gibson, Daryl Olmstead and Norbert Dlabal officiating. Interment will be at Grace Cemetery in McDonald.
Visitation is Wednesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., at the funeral home and Thursday morning, prior to the service, at the church.
Memorial may be addressed to the McDonald Ambulance Fund or St. Joseph's Church.
Williams Funeral Home of Atwood is in charge of arrangements.