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Rita F. (Cashmer) Hawkins

July 25, 1932 ~ November 6, 2017 (age 85)

Rita F. Hawkins, 85, of La Porte, Indiana passed away Monday, November 6, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.  She was born July 25, 1932 in La Porte to Julius and Frances (Wells) Cazmirczak.   Rita was employed for many years with, The Associates Financial Corporation in La Porte and was the co-owner of Hawkins Print Shop in La Porte. 

On April 18, 1953, Rita Cashmer married Dennis Hawkins who preceded her in death on March 8, 2017.  Surviving are children, Michael (Janet) Hawkins of Munster, Indiana, Christopher (Jenifer) Hawkins, Gregory (Marjorie) Hawkins, and Kathleen (Dale) Lintner all of La Porte, Indiana; grandchildren, Beth (Nick) Koppers, Allison Hawkins, Joel (Erin) Hawkins, Emily (Christian) Eberhart, Adam Hawkins, Ryan (Lauren) Hawkins, Aaron Hawkins, Becca (Matt) Ballman, Heather and Hannah Locke; great grandchildren, Jackson Koppers, Abram Eberhart, and Samantha Locke; sisters, Rosemary Phillips of Aiken, South Carolina and Kay Fenn of Columbus, Ohio; and brothers, Tom Cashmer of Crown Point and Robert Cashmer of Las Vegas.  She was preceded in death by siblings, Jack Cashmer and Anne Lenard. 

Rita was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in La Porte where she taught CCD for many years.  She was an avid card player and bridge master. 

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2017, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, 1117 Indiana Avenue, La Porte, Indiana, where a Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2017, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with Reverend Ian Williams officiating and Deacon Christopher Hawkins homilist.   Family and friends may gather at 9 a.m. Friday in the funeral home. 

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1104 Monroe Street, La Porte, Indiana 46350.

 


 Service Information

Visitation
Thursday
November 9, 2017

3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Inc, Essling Chapel
1117 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350

Recitation of the Rosary
Thursday
November 9, 2017

3:00 PM
Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Inc, Essling Chapel
1117 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350

Visitation
Friday
November 10, 2017

9:00 AM to 9:45 AM
Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Inc, Essling Chapel
1117 Indiana Avenue
La Porte, IN 46350

Mass of Christian Burial
Friday
November 10, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Peter Catholic Church
1101 Michigan Avenue
LaPorte, IN 46350


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