Rita Bowler

Rita B. Bowler (Strackeljahn)

Sunday, August 20th, 1933 - Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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Rita B. Bowler, age 85, of Edwardsville, passed away at 3:39 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Eden Village Care Center in Glen Carbon.

She was born August 20, 1933 in Granite City, IL, the daughter of the late Albert and Gladys (Jilek) Strackeljahn. She married Harry Bowler in 1951. He preceded her in death in 1999.

Rita is survived by four children: Michael (Linda) Bowler of Houston, TX, Steven (Rhonda) Bowler of Gilbert, AZ, Debbie Bowler of Springfield, IL and Diane Bowler (Jill Jacquin) of Burnsville, MO; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four siblings: Mary Noud of Edwardsville, Ruth (Eugene) Dickerson of Edwardsville, Paul (Debbie) Strackeljahn of Edwardsville and Linda (Morris) Denton of Arkansas; one sister-in-law, Bev Strackeljahn of Highland; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Rita was preceded in death by a grandson, Brian Bowler, one brother, Charles Strackeljahn; a sister, Alberta Jean; a son-in-law, Dean Nilges and a brother-in-law, Bill Noud.

Rita was a former member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Edwardsville, where she was a Eucharistic Minister for the home bound. She was a stay-at-home mom who was passionate about her faith and family. Her loving spirit and gift of hospitality were inspiring.

Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville. A funeral mass of resurrection will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the church. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Vincent DePaul Society or to Catholic Charities.
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Marci White

Posted at 01:23pm
Rita will truly be missed! She was a delight to be around and always had a smile for everyone. I am sad that I did not see her more during her golden years. She was a fabulous wife, mom and grandma. She loved God, family and her church. She set a high standard for all of us to follow. I always loved her as my sister-in-law but never understood her loss for Harry till I lost my Bob. My love and prayers to her surviving family.
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Marcia (Bowler) White

Posted at 12:09pm
My thoughts and prayers to the family of this beautiful lady. She always had a smile for everyone. So sorry I can't be there now but I love you all.
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Manheim St Louis

Posted at 09:05am
Shannon & Family, our hearts go out to you in this difficult time.
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Alexandra Dickerson

Posted at 03:07pm
She was a very lovely woman! I've only gotten to know her for the past 11 years, but she was always easy to talk to and would always be willing to lend an ear. She will be greatly missed.

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