Mary T. (Vrtiska) Rinne

Mary Theresa (Vrtiska) Rinne, 98, of Pawnee City passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. She was born on Oct. 11, 1919 on a farm east of Steinauer to Anton and Emma (Obrist) Vrtiska.

She attended St. Anthony's grade school and Steinauer High School, graduating in 1937. During high school, and after graduation, she worked at a grocery store in Steinauer. She also was a bookkeeper for the store.

She was united in marriage to Norman Rinne on Nov. 28, 1940 at St. Anthony's chapel. To this union, five children were born: Donald, Russell, John "Jack," William "Bill" and Rosemary. They lived on a farm located southwest of Steinauer. Mary was a homemaker for many years until 1957, when she joined the workforce. She was employed at the Beatrice State Developmental Center as staff supervisor until her retirement in 1983.

Mary was a member of the choir from elementary school until her marriage and she was active in C.Y.O and served as president for many years. After her marriage, she became a member of Sacred Heart Church at Burchard. She was a member of Holy Rosary Altar Society, D.C.C.W. Auxiliary, and she was a member of the Pink Sisters and honorary member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. She was a member of the Steinauer Women's Club for many years. Mary served as a member of the Ground Observers Corp, in the early 1950s. She and Norman visited family in Arizona, Nevada and the Boston area many times. She enjoyed following the school and sports activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary entered the Premier Estates Nursing Home in Pawnee City in August of 2013. Mary loved dancing and music and had many friends. A very special friend in the later years of her life was Helen Gyhra.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anton and Emma Vrtiska; her husband, Norman (1996); her son, William (2013); her sisters and brothers-in-law, Donata and Jim Pendergast, Madaline and Lloyd Matthews, Dorothy and Tex Gunzelman, Sr. Mary Walter (Peggy), Esther and Bill Schafer, Erna and Vernon Hoffman and Emeline and Bob Morrissey; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Adrian and Leona Vrtiska, John and Norma Vrtiska, Charles Vrtiska and Tony and Pat Vrtiska.

Mary is survived by her sons, Donald (JoAnne) Rinne of Beatrice, Russell Rinne of Burchard and John (Mary) Rinne of Flagstaff, Ariz.; her daughter, Rosemary (Jay) Wischmeier of Burchard; her daughter-in-law, Janice Rinne of Boston, Mass.; her sister and brother-in-law, Betty Bedea (Gary); her sister-in-law, Clara Vrtiska; her brother, William (Carol) Vrtiska; 12 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews.

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