Rita Kregel

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Rita Kregel, 84, Monona, passed away on Saturday Nov. 14, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Fayette surrounded by family.

Private funeral services were at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Monona, conducted by Rev. Chris Podhajsky.

Burial was at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Monona.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona assisted the family.

Rita was born Dec. 27, 1935, in Guttenberg, Iowa to Albert and Lucille (Hefel) Jaeger. Rita graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Guttenberg.

Rita married Eldon Kregel on June 29, 1954, in Elkader. Seven children were born to this union. Rita and Eldon farmed for 40 years. Rita was also an inspector at Northern Engraving in Waukon for 30 years. Rita was a past president of St Patrick’s Rosary Society and former member of the Franklin Homemakers Society. Rita was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and St. Patrick’s Service Society. 

Rita enjoyed traveling, cooking and baking, working on family genealogy, and visiting with family, friends, and neighbors. Rita’s mind was sharp as a nail. Rita would remember everyone’s birthdates, anniversaries, and would even remember what food was served for a meal at someone’s wedding. She baked and decorated wedding cakes, birthday cakes, confirmation cakes and was known for her “pink elephant” cakes.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Kregel, Ladson, S.C., Sandy Coleman, Monona, Julie Kregel, Decorah, Scott (Denise) Kregel, Monona, Neil (Kim) Kregel, Waterville, Rhonda (Loren) Ihde, Fayette, L’Dean (AnnMarie) Kregel, Champaign, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma Engelken, Dyersville; two brothers, Robert (Betty) Jaeger, St. Catherines and Roland Jaeger, Ladson, S.C.; sister-in-law, Eileen Jaeger, Guttenberg; brother-in-law, Don (Jane) Kregel, Luana; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Germaine Hoeger, Guttenberg, Bonnie Meek, Odon Ind., Ellen Jones, Monona and her extended family and friends.

Rita was preceeded in death by her husband, Eldon; sons-in-law, Carl “Bo” Pash and Alan Coleman; parents; siblings, Lorraine (Adolph) Wolter, Dorothy (Russell) Cole, George (Francis) Jaeger, Don (Wilma) Jaeger, Joseph Jaeger, Evelyn (Elmer) Scherbring, Raymond Jaeger, Walter Engelken, Susie Jaeger, Shirley Jaeger, Vicki Jaeger, Reva Mae Jaeger and; her in-laws, Gustav and Martha Kregel, Gerald Kregel (in infancy), Gordon and Lavon Kregel and special friends, LaVilla Onsager and Rose Vlazny.

Special thank you to Gundersen Palmer Lutheran Home Health and Hospice and the wonderful staff for your loving care and support.

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