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“Our deepest sympathies to Johnny and the wonderful Kelley family. Rita was such a treasure and we all have so many fond memories of her humor and...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Joan, Jim, Tricia ans Susan Hein - TX

“Sorry to learn of your loss. Rita was a very special person & will be remembered fondly. Peace & Blessings to Rita's family. ”
2 of 15 | Posted by: Lisa Wiser Eastman - Des Moines,, IA

“Johnny & Family - We extend our sincere sympathies to you upon Rita's passing. She was a friend to/of many and she will be missed. Bill & Diana...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Bill & Diana Hutcheson - Woodbine, IA

“My deepest sympathy to the Arkfeld and Kelley families. Rita was a great friend to my mom (Ceil Wegner). She will be missed by so many. ”
4 of 15 | Posted by: Geri (Wegner) Miller - Woodbine, IA

“Our sympathies to a wonderful family. Our prayers to you and especially Sheila, Bill, Rachel, Bryce, Dylan and Sienna. ”
5 of 15 | Posted by: Sue & Kurt Mollner - Friends

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kelley family. Many fond memories of Rita from growing up with Paul, Sheila, and Joyce. God Bless you all ”
6 of 15 | Posted by: Alisa Kohl Hodges - Pipe Creek, TX

“I have many fond memories of Aunt Rita...Loved her sense of humor! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: la vonne diers - scottsdale, AZ

“My memories of Aunt Rita are of her being such a strong person, in her faith, life, and the caring of her family. She always was very considerate,...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Dwayne Kelley - Omaha, NE

“Aunt Rita will always be remembered as an energetic,humorous,talented lady.She readily opened her home and farm to Arkfeld reunions for many years...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Lou Dewhurst - El Dorado Hills, CA

“So sorry to hear of Aunt Ritas passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all the family. I have great memories of of coming to your house when we...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Edna (Kelley) McCool - Gretna, NE

“So many fond memories of my Aunt Rita-- her laugh, her caring and always telling it to you straight. She will be missed. Peg ”
11 of 15 | Posted by: Peggy Bissen Shappell - FL

“Rita and Johnny are my God parents. I will always remember at Christmas time Rita would give us a gift and gracefully remind us of the greatest gift...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Chuck Kelley - Dunlap, IA - nefew

“My condolances in your mom's death. What a legacy she leaves to you! She raised such caring, wonderful children, and will be missed. ”
13 of 15 | Posted by: dianne Kelley Book - Walnut

“Sorry to hear about Rita's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
14 of 15 | Posted by: Carolyn Kelley Juergens - OMAHA, NE

“Marvin and family, Sorry for your loss! ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: kevin kuhl - Layton, UT - Friend

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Rita Mary (Arkfeld) Kelley was born September 3, 1923, to George and Mary (Siemer) Arkfeld in Panama, Iowa. She was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Panama and graduated from St. Mary's Catholic School in 1941. She then worked in Chicago, Illinois for a short time. Rita was united in marriage to Johnny Kelley on June 26, 1952, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Panama.

Rita was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Woodbine. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Rita enjoyed making apple pie, jelly, and spending time on the farm. She also enjoyed traveling and going to her grandchildren's activities.

Rita died December 11, 2011, at Rose Vista Home in Woodbine, at the age of 88 years, three months and eight days.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Joyce Kelley; grandson Kirk Sturgill; three brothers, Vince, Clem and Archbishop Leo Arkfeld; and four sisters, Florence Ohlinger, Sally Kohles, Lucille and Mary Arkfeld. She is survived by her husband, Johnny Kelley of 59 years of Woodbine, Iowa; seven children, Susan (Dana) Sturgill of Dunlap, Iowa, Marvin (Patty) Kelley of Woodbine, Iowa, Nancy (Steve) Hupp of Scranton, Iowa, Norma (Martin) Houston of Broomfield, Colorado, Cindy Stessman of Dunlap, Iowa, Paul (Tracy) Kelley of Woodbine, Iowa, Sheila (Bill) Bonner of Omaha, Nebraska; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, George Arkfeld of Oceanside, California; in-laws Micky Arkfeld of Panama, Iowa, Jerry Bissen of Earling, Iowa, Alf (Agnes) Kelley of Papillion, Nebraska, Lovina (Wayne) Bryant of Underwood, Iowa; and many other relatives and friends.