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Rita Clare Seng, age 91, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, in Brookside Village in Jasper, Indiana.

Rita was born in Celestine, Indiana, on May 29, 1927, to Andrew and Clara (Friedman) Merkel.  She married Urban H. Seng on August 23, 1949, in St. Celestine Catholic Church, and he preceded her in death on September 30, 1993.

Rita was a homemaker and past member of St. Isadore Parish – St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, current member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Jasper, Indiana, Ladies Sodality,  D of I, and St. Ann’s Society.

She enjoyed working with flowers, gardening, cooking, sewing, bird watching, and spending time with family and friends.

Surviving are three daughters, Bonita “Bunnie” Bradley, Marlene Lane, Angie (Jeffrey) Giesler, all of Jasper, IN, three sons, Nicholas (Pat) Seng, Jasper, IN, Tom (Nanette) Seng, Dubois, IN, Vernon Seng, Jasper, IN, 12 grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death besides her husband are one daughter, Jacqueline Seng, two sisters, Ardella Matheis and Marcella Matheis, and nine brothers, Ned, Oscar, William, Urban , Albert, Edwin, John, Hialmer, and Alfred Merkel.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Rita Clare Seng will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Dubois, Indiana, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. service time at the church on Thursday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladies Sodality of St. Raphael’s Catholic Church or to a favorite charity.

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