Rita M. Wannemacher, 98, of Geneseo, formerly of Hooppole, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A private family service was Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. The Rev. Dan Wright officiated. Burial followed at the Hooppole Cemetery, in Hooppole. No visitation will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church, in Hooppole, where she was a member all her life.

Rita M. Wannemacher, 98, of Geneseo, formerly of Hooppole, died Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Geneseo Good Samaritan Village. A private family service was Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Atkinson. The Rev. Dan Wright officiated. Burial followed at the Hooppole Cemetery, in Hooppole. No visitation will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to Zion United Methodist Church, in Hooppole, where she was a member all her life.

Rita was born Sept. 25, 1919, in Hooppole, the daughter of James and Bertha (Schultz) Tonkinson. Rita attended Hooppole High School and finished her fourth year at Geneseo High School where she graduated. She was united in marriage to Rudy Wannemacher on June 18, 1941. Rudy preceded her in death in 1993. Rita taught in a one-room school for three years and then at the Hooppole grade school. Rita retired in 1980. She directed the church choir, and sang for funerals and weddings for many years. Rita also was a singer in an a capella choir in college. She was a member of the Circle 20 Circle of Friends group for 60 years, the Maple Bluff Ladies Golf League, Camp Fire Girls, Friendship Class at Zion United Methodist Church, and served as a member of the Hooppole Library Board. Rita also enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.

Those left to cherish her memory include her sons, James (Cathy) Wannemacher, of Geneseo; and Bruce (Barbara) Wannemacher, of Evans, Ga.; and her daughter, Ann (Peter) Nardulli, of Savoy. Rita has six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, James and Bertha; brother, James Keith Tonkinson; and sister, Frona Vetter.