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Rita L. Gawer

December 20, 1925 ~ January 1, 2021 (age 95)

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Rita L. Gawer, 95, of College Station, Texas, formerly of Hermann, Missouri passed away on Friday, January 1, 2021 of natural causes after a brief illness.

Rita was born in Starkenburg, Missouri on December 20, 1925, a daughter of the late Frances (Klahs) and Joseph Bruckerhoff. 

On April 24, 1947, she was united in marriage to Roger J. Gawer at St. Martin’s Church in Starkenburg, Mo.

She was a member of St. George Church, where she sang in the choir and served in the Legion of Mary, leading the rosary regularly. She was also a member of the Hermann V.F.W. Auxiliary and the Hermann Eagles Auxiliary, where she enjoyed socializing. Before her retirement at 65, she worked at both Florsheim and International Shoe Companies in Hermann.

Rita is survived by a son, Gary and wife Linda Gawer of Bryan, Tx.; by a granddaughter, Gretchen and husband Joseph Miller, of College Station, Tx.; by two great-grandsons, Graham and Rowan Miller; and by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one sister, Regina Schneider, and seven brothers, Gerhardt, Frank, Ben, Albert, George, Martin and Lawrence Bruckerhoff.

A memorial visitation will be held Thursday, March 18th from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m. at Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home, Hermann.  A funeral mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. at St. George Church, Hermann.  Burial will be at St. George Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Our Lady of Sorrows Shrine, Starkenburg, or St. George School, care of Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home in Hermann, Mo.


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March 18, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Toedtmann & Grosse Funeral Home
1221 Washington Street
Hermann, MO 65041

Funeral Mass
March 18, 2021

11:00 AM
St. George Church
128 West 4th Street
Hermann, MO 65041

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