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Rita McCarty

August 20, 1928 - February 18, 2018
From: Spencer, IA
Rita McCarty

Rita McCarty

Born: August 20, 1928
Died: February 18, 2018
Age: 89

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 Rita Mae (Theisen) McCarty, the daughter of John and Anna (Ruden) Theisen, was born on August 20th, 1928 in Le Mars, IA.   She was raised in the Oyens and Remsen area and received her education at St. Catherine's school in Oyens. On February 18th, 2018, Rita passed away suddenly but peacefully at age 89 in her home at Riverview Terrace Assisted Living in Spencer.

     Rita married John David (Dave) McCarty on September 10, 1947, in Oyens, IA.  The couple farmed near Laurens, and then Royal, retiring in 1987, at which time they moved to Spencer. Rita assisted her husband on the farm while raising their 10 children.

     Rita was a beautiful soul who loved gardening and canning and was known for her beautiful floral arrangements.   She was kind and generous with her talents.    She loved beauty in nature and decor recognizing this as her gift from God.  She was a warm and loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and great-grandmother of her large family of 108.  Her love of family was evident to all as she never turned down a chance to care for her grandchildren or spend time with them. 

     Rita was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Royal for many years serving on the Altar Society and various other committees.  She was currently a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in


Spencer and a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.  While on the farm she belonged to the Federated Woman's Club in Everly and in her later years, she very much enjoyed the company of her Everly "Red Hat Club" ladies.

     She was proceeded in death by her husband in 2004, her daughter-in-law Beverly (Gene) McCarty, her parents John and Anna Theisen, four brothers, Elmer, Reynold, Cyril and Ivan Theisen and four sisters, Sally (and Richard) Henke, Therry (and Gilbert) Weiler, Shirley (and Sonny) Gengler, and Lois Theisen; in-laws Vetus and Agnes (Cajacob) McCarty, Frank, Bob, Bill, Tom and Chuck McCarty, Betty (and Bob) Youngers, Bob Abels, John Rodkewich.   

     Rita is survived by six sons and four daughters: James (Mary) McCarty of Cedar Falls, Robert (Lois) McCarty of Peterson, Dan (Donna) McCarty of Hartley, Mark McCarty of Tucson, AZ, Eugene McCarty of Hartley, Allen (Javotte) McCarty of Spencer, Diane (Dan) Full of Royal, Barbara (Wayne) Brunsvold of Okoboji, Julie (Mark) Schuett of Dakota Dunes, SD, Lori (Jeff) Maurer of Spirit Lake, along with 35 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren; and sister-in-laws Helen Theisen of Remsen, Yvonne Theisen of Marcus, Joan Cronin of Marcus, Rita Theisen of Canby, MN, Regina McCarty of Rockford, IL, Patricia Rodkewich of New Brighton, MN, Jean Abels of Buckeye, AZ, Theresa McCarty of Centerville, Theresa McCarty of Albuquerque, NM, Robert and Peggy Naughton of Houston, TX  as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.
Father William Schreiber
Father Tim Hogan
Travis McCarty
Evan McCarty
Jared Brunsvold
Jonathon Brunsvold
Adam McCarty
Kyle Schuett
Mitch Maurer
Brandon Full
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm with the family present on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Spencer.  A Catholic Rosary Service will be held at 4:30pm and a Prayer Service at 7:00pm.
Organist: Laurie Youngers
Cantor: Tyler Youngers
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa


Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10:48 AM
“Your families are in our prayers and we know that Dave and Rita have left a legacy in all of you.”
- Jay an Murt Steffen
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:05 PM
“Your mother was a lovely lady. It was always a privilege to be in her presences. My mother, Regina, always held her in the highest esteem and enjoyed her company. We will miss her smile.”
- Mary M. McCarty
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 5:42 PM
“I had the pleasure of visiting with Rita when she was in Ass't. Living in Hartley. I also had the pleasure of teaching several of her grandchildren. Please know I am thinking about all of you at this time. Be thankful God gave her so many years to be with her. Keep those beautiful memories in your hearts forever. ”
- Audrey Schmidt
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 12:09 PM
“Condolences to all the McCarty Family's. May God guide you all. I'm sure you have a lot of Great Memories to Cherish.”
- Lyle & Carol (Theisen) Norton
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 7:58 AM
“Our thoughts and prayers are with your family! A special lady with such a nice family!”
- Dan & Cher Muhlbauer
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 6:45 PM
“To all of Rita's family........we are so very sorry to hear of her passing. She was a friendly woman always had a smile. She will be missed by all! May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace. ”
- Bryan and Gayle Bailey
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 5:39 PM
“To the whole McCarty family,
We are so sad to hear of Rita's passing! She was a great lady and we have many fond memories of her. Dave and Rita raised a great family and have left a wonderful legacy behind. Keep sharing those great memoires. She will be missed by all who knew her. ”
- Pam & Steve Galm
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 10:16 AM
“My sincere sympathy in the your loss. ”
- Rick Henke
Monday, February 19, 2018 at 10:16 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to all of you, Rita's beautiful family. What a legacy she leaves through you! Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
- Marcia Steffen & Jessob Steffen
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