After a long and wonderful life, Rita Grote, 96, of Indianapolis passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 at Demaree Crossing Assisted Living. She was born September 11, 1923 to Leo and Theresa Holtel (deceased), and married Raymond G. Grote (deceased) in January 1946. Rita and Ray had eight children: Barbara (Donald) Kemp; Janet (David) Embler; Mark (Jeannie) Grote; Rachael (Michael) Reddick; Dennis (Beth) Grote; Kathryn (Rex, deceased) Lawrence; Albert(deceased) (Luz) Grote and David (fiance Dar Bell) Grote. Rita and Ray have 37 grandchildren (1 deceased), 76 great grandchildren (1 deceased) and 12 great- great-grandchildren.
Rita was the second oldest of 10 children and is survived by her sisters Rose Weigel and Katie Holtel and her brother Charles Holtel. Rita and Ray were members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church until Ray passed and Rita moved to assisted living in April 2019.
A Mass of Christian Burial celebrated by Fr. Steve Giannini will be held at Saints Frances and Clare Catholic Church at a later time due to current circumstances. Visitation will be held at the church prior to the funeral mass. Family will notify loved ones as arrangements are able to be made. Prayers are requested at this time.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to be sent to Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 7243 East 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46219 in memory of Rita and Raymond Grote.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Jessen Funeral Home - Whiteland, IN. You may light a virtual candle or leave condolences to the family at www.jessenfuneralhome.com. Service information will also be posted on the website of the funeral home as they are made available.
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