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Rita Marie (Rohleder) Wolf

October 2, 1931 ~ May 30, 2018 (age 86)

Rita Marie Wolf

Rita Marie Wolf, 86, Hays, died Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at HaysMed.

She was born October 2, 1931, on the family farm near Severin, Kansas, the daughter of Nick and Philomene (Dreiling) Rohleder.  The fourth of seven children, Rita quickly learned the essence of hard work and the importance of family and God.  She graduated from Girls Catholic High School in 1949 and resided in Hays.  On June 6, 1951, Rita was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Wolf of Schoenchen at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Emmeram.  He preceded her in death on August 20, 1998.

She was a homemaker and worked for 14 years as a cook manager for USD 489 at Roosevelt Grade School.  She also gave of her time volunteering at the ARC Thrift Shop for 36 years and the Hays Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary for 20 years.  She was a member of Daughters of Isabella and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

Survivors include two daughters; DeBra Prideaux of Hays, and Susan Hamilton and husband Rick of Hastings, NE, one son; Gerard Wolf of Hays, four grandchildren; Lola Baalman, Michelle Terry, Miranda Rakes, and Nathan Hamilton, 15 great-grandchildren; Aidan, Miles, Tucker, Kendall, Courtney, Peyton, Paige, Paxton, Payvn, Konor, Kooper, Landyn, Lauryn, Adalyn, and Kaidyn, and one brother; Valerius Rohleder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gerald, one brother; Ronald Rohleder, and four sisters; Petronella Graf, Theresa Von Lintel, Josita Pfannenstiel, and Mary Jane Polifka. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 am on Monday, June 4, 2018 at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 1805 Vine Street, Hays, with Fr. Barry Brinkman officiating.  A private burial will take place at a later date in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm until 7:00 on Sunday at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays.  A rosary and vigil service will be at 6:00 pm at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gerald “Jerry” and Rita Wolf Scholarship at Fort Hays State University established in the construction science arena or for masses in care of the funeral home.  Condolences and memories of Rita may be left at

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