Rita Lila (Belisle) Bercier, the daughter of Joseph and Ethel (Ruelle) Belisle was born on July 31, 1929 in Bottineau, North Dakota. She died at the age of 85 years on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby, North Dakota.
Rita was raised in the farm home of her parents in rural Willow City, North Dakota. She was the seventh of nine children and graduated from Notre Dame Academy. She completed her education at St. Andrew’s School of Nursing, graduating as a Registered Nurse. On November 20, 1954, Rita was united in marriage to Richard “Dick” Bercier at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John, North Dakota. The couple made their home in Glen Ullin for 18 months and later Mandan for 7 years, where she worked as an RN at the Mandan Hospital. In 1962, they moved to Rugby and Rita accepted a position with the Good Samaritan Hospital as a RN. The couple were blessed with nine children and she loved being a mother most of all and later grandmother and great-grandmother. Richard died December 15, 1995.
Rita was very active in the organizations at Little Flower Parish including Catholic Daughters, Christian Mothers, Eucharistic Ministry, the Liturgical committee and prayer chain. She was the “hostess with the mostest”, gave freely of her time and talents, always had an open door policy at her home with a meal at a moments notice. Coming from a family of nine and raising nine, she was never able to adjust to just cooking for one or two, it was for at least eight more or eight times the recipe, whichever she thought would be enough and if word got out that she was baking buns, you better be in line at the house. She had a shoulder for those to lean on, enjoyed visiting with friendsa trip to the store for a missing ingredient, usually took 45 minutes, and looked forward to quilting Mondays with the ladies of First Lutheran.
Rita was a pivotal inspiration to her children and extended family members, a good listener and friend. Once you met her, things would never be the same, as she would take you right into her heart. God bless her memory and watch out Heaven, as things will never be the same.
Rita is survived by her children, Barbara Bercier and Jeffrey of Rugby, David (Karen Beth) & their children, Jonas, Tanner & Raleigh of Williston, Jane Ann (Richard) Leppard of Devils Lake, Monte (Gayle) and their children, Nichole & Chase of Spearfish, SD, Gary (Mary) of Williston, Karen (Anthony) Osterberg of Minot, Mark (Barbara Jean of Black Hawk, SD and Dale (Angela) and their son, Mark James; 3 great-grandchildren; blessed with extended grand and great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband; brothers & sisters; and her parents.
Due to renovations at Little Flower Catholic Church, Rugby, Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 14 at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church in Towner with spring burial in the Little Flower Catholic Cemetery, Rugby. Father Tom Graner, Celebrant with Father Michael Schommer and Father Duane Cote, Concelebrants.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Anderson Funeral Home in Rugby with a rosary, vigil prayers and sharing of memories beginning at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue for one hour prior to the time of services on Saturday at the church in Towner.
Organist: Dan Nybo Vocalist/Cantor: Mi Chelle Nybo
Casket Bearers: Her sons, David, Monte, Gary, Mark, Dale and Jeffrey Bercier
Honorary Bearers: Rugby’s 1st Lutheran Quilters, Catholic Daughters Rugby Court, American Legion Post #23 Auxiliary, Nursing Friends and the Confraternity of Christian Mothers Rugby.
Arrangements with the Anderson Funeral Home of Rugby. Online registry: funeralsbyanderson.com
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