Rita L. Jaster, 74, rural Callaway, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, in Innovis Health in Fargo, N.D.
Rita was born on April 12, 1935, to Wesley and Grace (Deach) Barta in Hawley. She had a twin brother that died at birth. Rita attended country school near Rollag, and later attended school in Hawley, where she participated in F.H.A. and 4-H. She graduated from Hawley High School in 1953. As a young woman, she worked as a waitress in Fargo, when she met Reuben Jaster. Rita went to New Jersey, where Reuben was stationed in the military. They were united in marriage on Dec. 21, 1955, in Wheatfield, N.J.
Rita and Reuben moved back to Callaway to take over the operation of Reuben's family farm. They moved to Bloomington for a short time before returning to Callaway. Rita worked at Jim and Betty's Superette in Callaway, as well as Gambles Hardware Store in Ogema for many years and eventually became the main cook at the Nutrition Center in Callaway for 24 years, until retiring in 2001.
Rita always put a 100 percent into her job and touched many with her cooking ability. Rita's favorite job of all was being a full-time mother and grandmother to all of her family and extended families. With Rita being such a great cook all of her friends and family would call on Rita to cook for confirmations, graduations and weddings. They all wanted Rita's famous potato salad. Rita's hobbies included many.
She loved making rag rugs long ones and Buggy Wheel rugs. She would demonstrate her hobby up at Rollag during Minnesota Steam Thresher's Reunion as well as Albany Pioneer Days every fall. Rita also loved to paint, crochet, knit and make baby blankets for all of her extended families, when they would have children.
Rita is survived by two sons, Matthew (Cheng) Jaster, Lake Park, Kyle (Tina) Jaster, Lake Park; three daughters, Leda (Bruce) Franklin, Callaway, DeeAnna Brockway, Callaway, Anita (Bruce) Coons, Eau Claire, Wis.; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Virgil (Agnes) Barta, Moorhead, George (Evelyn) Barta, Bloomington; one sister, Donna Wilson, Grand Forks, and several nieces and nephews.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reuben; two sons, Timothy John and Joseph Reuben; two brothers, Wesley and Loren Barta; one sister, Phyllis Spitka, and a sister-in-law, Ruth Barta.
The funeral service is Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at 11a.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, Callaway.
Visitation is Tuesday, from 4-7 p.m. in Immanuel Lutheran Church, with a prayer service at 7 p.m.
Interment is in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes.
West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, is taking care of arrangements. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the mes-sages of sympathy section at www.westkjos.com.