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Rita Frances Maginnis

Rita Frances Maginnis, 92, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Chancellor Gardens in Clearfield, Utah.

Rita was born March 21, 1929, to Leddy and Joe Heille in Wadena, MN in the front bedroom of her maternal grandmother’s (Theresia Kraemer) home. She graduated from Edison High School, North East Minneapolis, with the class of 1946

She married John Maginnis from Kimball, Ne. at the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Saint Anthony Mn. on December 28, 1948.

Rita grew up during the depression and rationing during WWII in Minneapolis. She met her future husband, John Maginnis, who was visiting his sister in Minneapolis, they married and moved to Sioux Army Ordinance Depot, NE. They then moved to Kimball, NE, where Rita took a parttime job with Dr. Shamberg; however, she stayed and was trained to be a nurse, as well as a lab and x-ray technician. As various doctors left, she stayed working with the new doctors. When asked what she wanted to be remembered for she simply said, “I loved and served the people of Kimball, her hometown.”

Rita enjoyed going places in the tri-state area with the Red Hatters. She sang in the church choir, also, being a lay Eucharistic Minister, and lecturer. She sang with a tri-county choir and performed with them at the Rockefeller Center Radio City Music Hall, NY. (Where her favorite, the Rockettes dancers perform).

She enjoyed being a state of NE host at the I-80 East bound Visitor Center. She enjoyed the companionship of the Kimball Friendship Center and being a quilter there. She was grateful to the citizens of Kimball for welcoming a city girl, and in December of 1999 she was presented with the key to the city and in 2002 made Neighbor of the Year.

Rita is survived by sister Shirley Graczyk, brothers; Nick and Chris Heille, and son John and his wife Mary Lynne, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her brother Bernnie and husband John.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Kimball NE, tentatively February 2022.

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John and Mary Lynne
So sad to hear of your mother passing. Please let me know when the services are held in Kimball. I would love to attend.

Tom Dondelinger Feb 4 2022 1:55 AM

I worked with Rita at the office of Dr. Plate. She was always kind, efficient, and had so many skills that it would take several people today to fill those shoes. I will remember her fondly. Virginia Murphy, Pocatello, ID.

Virginia Ann Murphy Dec 19 2021 3:17 PM

John & Mary Lynne,
My sincere condolences on the departure of your dear mother. My prayers are offered for her and for both of you.

MATTHEW H BEDEL Dec 14 2021 1:51 PM

John & Mary Lynne
Our deepest condolences for the loss of your sweet mom . May she rest in peace . Know you are in our thoughts and prayers

Mike & Matie Neri Dec 14 2021 9:33 AM