In Memory of Rita Schoenfeld

Rita Schoenfeld
Rita Schoenfeld
Born: April 9, 1930
Died: June 22, 2018
Age: 88
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Rita Schoenfeld
April 9, 1930 - June 22, 2018
From: Battle Creek, IA

Rita Schoenfeld, age 88, of Battle Creek, Iowa passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Horn Memorial Hospital of Ida Grove, Iowa.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday June 28, 2018 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. Rev. Randy D. Cormeny will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church of Battle Creek, Iowa. The Christensen -Van Houten Funeral Home of Battle Creek and Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at

Rita Mae Schoenfeld, the daughter of Emil and Theresa (Scheer) Rohde, was born April 9, 1930, in Battle Creek, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed in her faith at St. Mathew’s Lutheran Church in Mapleton, IA. Rita spent her youth growing up on the family farm near Castana, IA. She attended school in Castana until her junior year when the family moved to Cushing, IA. Rita graduated from Cushing High School with the class of 1948.

On March 20, 1949, Rita was united in marriage to Frederick Schoenfeld at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Midway in rural Battle Creek, IA. The couple was blessed with six children: Gary, Larry, Terry, Sherry, and two daughters whom passed in infancy. The family made their home on a farm near Schleswig before moving to Ida Grove. In 1972, they moved to the family homestead near Battle Creek where she lived until her passing.

Besides being a loving mother, grandmother and housewife, Rita worked as a dietician for over 30 years at Morningside Healthcare Community in Ida Grove. She was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan and enjoyed watching their games. She attended local football, basketball, and softball games. She was proud of the fact that she and Fred never missed one of their grandchildren’s games and they continued to attend local sporting events even after their grandchildren had graduated. She also enjoyed watching the Game Show Network.

Rita loved her family dearly and enjoyed spending time with them. What she enjoyed the most in her final years was being “GG” to “her girls”: Makelti, Melody, and Monica. She will be dearly missed by her family.

Left to cherish her memory include her son Terry Schoenfeld and daughter Sherry (Kenny) Tietsort both of Battle Creek, IA; daughters-in-law Sharon Schoenfeld of Denison, IA and Deb Schoenfeld of Mapleton, IA; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law Rita Rohde of Atlantic, IA; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Emil and Theresa Rohde; her husband Frederick Schoenfeld; sons Larry and Gary Schoenfeld; two infant daughters; and brother Robert Rohde.



10:30 a.m., Thursday,
June 28, 2018

St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Reverend Randy D. Cormeny


Roger Petersen
Bruce Petersen
Ron Petersen
Gordon Quandt
Mike Rohde
Mike Iversen

Honorary Pallbearers
Her Grandchildren &
Great Grandchildren


5:00 - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, 
June 27, 2018

St. John's Lutheran Church
Battle Creek, Iowa


Geraldine Dankert, Organist
Darwin & Roger Walter, Vocalists

"On Eagle's Wings" Duet

Congregational Hymns
"Amazing Grace"
"I'm But A Stranger Here"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 10:30 AM
“Terry and Sherry -

I am deeply saddened to read of Rita's passing just this morning (July 25th) - - my heart goes out to both of you - - I have many found memories of spending time at your house while we were growing up - Rita was the BEST!!!! She was like my second mom - she loved and scolded in equal measure!!! I am so sorry that I did not hear of this in time to be there for you! Sending Hugs, prayers and love to you!!!!”
- Diana Sexton
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:42 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. I loved working with Rita at Morningside. She always had a kind word and a smile for everyone. RIP Rita!”
- Patty Campbell
Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 9:41 AM
“To Rita's family. You have my deepest sympathy for your loss. Rita went to sleep and woke up with God and her other family members. May she rest in peace,”
- Byron Hartwig
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 9:24 AM
Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
- Jerry Boger
Monday, June 25, 2018 at 5:34 PM
“So sorry to hear about Rita, she was such a great lady. Never had a bad word, always helping out where needed. A nice human. ”
- Teresa Jensen
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:49 PM
“Rita was one of my neighborhood moms who helped raise me in the west end of Ida Grove. I spent a lot of time at the Schoenfeld house as a kid and will always be grateful for their friendship and support. My sympathy goes to Terry, Sherry and their family. Ron Johnson. ”
- Ron Johnson
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:48 PM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful lady. Thinking about all of the family.”
- Sheila Petersen
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“Our deepest sympathy to Rita's family and friends Wayne has many fond memories of her at the nursing home in Ida Grove RIP Rita
- Wayne Bliesmann
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“So sorry for your loss, what a sweet little lady she was and will be missed by many”
- Dan and Marilyn Dose
Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 9:03 AM
“I'm so very sorry at Ritas' loss. Church won,t be the same without her smile. What's lovely lady.
- Fern Krayenhagen
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