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Rita H. Brockish

June 11, 2017

Wamego-Rita H. Brockish, 101, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Valley Vista Care Home in Wamego.


She was born July 31, 1915 at Flush the daughter of Fred and Aurelia Umscheid Siebert.  Rita graduated from Flush High School in 1934.


Rita worked in food services for many years; she was a cook for Lillis Schools and also drove a bus there.  She worked in several different cafes throughout the years in St. Marys.  She was active in walk across Kansas where she walked every day, keeping up with people much younger than her.  Rita had been an active member and served as a lay minister at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church until she moved to Wamego.


On June 12, 1939 she was united in marriage to Herman Brockish at Flush.  He preceded her in death on May 14, 1983.  She was also preceded in death by her son, Lawrence “Larry” Brockish on August 24, 1992, her brothers, Leon and Ignatius “Nate” Siebert; sisters, Ramona Pavia and Winifred Hofman; sons-in-law, Gene Daniels and Gary Keyser; a granddaughter, Vickie Daniels.


Survivors include a son, Tim (Linda) Brockish, St. Marys; three daughters, Mary Frances (Kenneth) Meyer, North Bend, NE, Rose Ann Daniels, Columbus, KS, and Shirley Keyser, Wamego, KS; two brothers, Julian (Barbara) Siebert, Westmoreland and Kenneth (Bernadette) Siebert, Ames, IA;  her sister, Anita (Tom) Weber, Camarillo, CA; 7 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.


Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 noon Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Mrs. Brockish will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 10:00 until the rosary at 11:30 Tuesday.  Inurnment at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys will be at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made in Rita’s name and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave an online condolence please go to www.piperfuneralhome.com.


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19 thoughts on “Rita H. Brockish

  1. I am sorry I missed seeing Rita died sooner. Rita was a dear friend. All the years of Friends of the Hospice she was always faithful supporter; by her attendance and and in many ways . She helped with the Hospice Displays at the Banks at Christmas time. Her soft, gentle voice, and ready smile will be missed! My deepest sympathy.

  2. Your mother, Rita, was a wonderful lady! She lived at Vintage Park with my mother, Joyce Akin until my mother died in October 2015. I always enjoyed visiting with Rita and the family. Prayers for the family!

  3. What a wonderful beautiful lady Rita was and we well remember her when we lived in St Marys. She fed us over and over and her food was comfort food and always yummy. She ALWAYS had that positive attitude and was a great example of how we all should be!!! GOD BLESS HER WHOLE FAMILY!!

  4. We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Rita provided sunshine as she served at Church and always had a smile for everyone.

  5. St. Marys has lost another great lady. Celebrate her life, all of it. One can never be ready to say good-bye to a mother.

  6. Rita was my husband’s oldest sister. She was a gentle loving woman and made the world a better place.
    She made the best cinnamon rolls. I still use her recipe.

  7. To all of her children, you have my sympathies. I remember Rita when she worked for my dad in the St. Marys Cafe. She always had a smile and was a great cook.

  8. Francie, Rosie, Shirley, and Tim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She was a wonderful lady, always with a smile.

  9. Aunt Rita was a very special person and a wonderful hostess to us when we were kids AND adults. I will always remember her visit with us, when she came to DC with her “little sister” Winifred in the late 80s. We will miss her and send our love.

  10. My sincerest sympathy to all of Rita’s family. I will always remember her warm and welcoming smile and how kind she was when I saw her in church and served with her at Mass.

  11. Francie, Rosie,Shirley & Tim so sorry for the loss of Your Mom. She was One of a kind.
    Gary & Ginny Doty.

  12. You’re in my thoughts and prayers for your loss of Rita. I first met her when I was a waitress at Mr. D’s while in high school. She was a hard-working lady, great cook and always someone I looked up too over the years! Rest in Peace Rita!

  13. Rita, you will be sadly missed by your many friends & relatives. A hard working, community spirited lady who had a very positive attitude that many will want to follow.

  14. so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. she was an amazing, happy, kind lady. she was on our Walking Ks team for several years, always enjoyed her.

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