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Rita Jaworski

January 29, 1951 — March 7, 2020

Hastings resident Rita M Jaworski, 69, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Good Samaritan Society – Grand Island Village, Grand Island, NE.

Rosary will be at Butler Volland Chapel Hastings on Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM with Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, March 11, at 1:30 PM at St. Michael’s Catholic Church with Father Jeremy Hazuka, officiating. There will be a lunch preceding the Mass from ll:00 AM through 12:30 PM at St. Michael’s Theisen Hall.

Rita Mary (Botkin) Jaworski was born in Kansas City, MO on January 29, 1951, and left this earthly life at the age of 69. Her family lived in Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania before moving to Omaha in 1967. She was a graduate of Omaha Burke High School and an Honor Graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

She married Thomas H. Jaworski on March 16, 1973.  Rita taught country school for four years, raised her family and then started a twenty-five-year career as an instructor with Mid-Nebraska Individual Services. Since retiring, she worked part-time at Calico Cottage Quilt Shop in Hastings, teaching classes.

An accomplished seamstress and quilter, Rita earned many Blue Ribbons at the County and State Fairs. Rita was very active in the Hastings Quilters Guild and also served on the Executive Board of the Nebraska Quilters Guild, which also awarded her the Variable Star Award in 2002 for her contributions to quilting.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence A and Dorothy L Botkin and her sister, Louise Botkin Keng.

She is survived by her husband, Tom of forty-six years. Daughter, Sarah (Greg) Fisher, Sons, Adam (Christy) and Jonathan (Janelle), Sisters, Edna Franks (Rocky Ryun), and Laura Stang (Mark Byrne) and brother Dale (Lisa) Botkin and 8 grandchildren. Nieces and cousins.

Memorials may be given to the University of Nebraska Foundation (for the International Quilt Museum Education and Outreach Programs); Morrison Cancer Center; American Cancer Society; and St. Michael’s Catholic Church – Hastings.

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Service Schedule

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Starts at 7:30 pm (Central time)

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Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Starts at 1:30 pm (Central time)

St. Michael's Catholic Church

721 Creighton Ave, Hastings, NE 68901

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