Nemaha Herald


Rita Mary (Jones) Obermeyer was born on February 25, 1920 in rural Pawnee County, Nebraska. She was the oldest of eight children born to Charles Elmer and Mary Izabel (Burger) Jones. She was baptized at Holy Family Catholic Church in Summerfield, Kansas. Like many families during the Depression, Rita’s family lived in meager conditions and moved frequently. They lived in a number of locations around St. Deroin, Nebraska, including an earthen dugout in the area of what is now Indian Cave State Park. She attended St. Joseph Academy in Auburn, Nebraska, St. Deroin country school and Auburn High School, graduating in 1938. She then attended Peru State College to earn a teaching certificate and taught at a country school until the time of her marriage. On June 20, 1945, Rita was united in marriage to Hermann Heinrich Obermeyer at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, and they honeymooned in St. Joseph, Missouri. Five children were born to this union. Aside from a brief time spent working on a potato farm near Scottsbluff, Nebraska, they resided in Nemaha County the rest of their lives. Rita worked at a number of local businesses in the area, including working at Hested’s and as an inspector at WoodCarv Manufacturing. She was a member of St. Joseph Tabernacle Society, served as Deanery President, was a member and officer of Daughters of the American Revolution, was a charter member of the Auburn Women’s Club, and was on the Extension Board. In her free time she enjoyed gardening, sewing, crafts, cooking, and baking, and somehow her house was always clean. She enjoyed animals, especially her cat, Percy and her grandson’s dog, Dinky. Rita was strong-willed and strong in her faith, always putting family first. Rita was preceded in death by her husband Hermann after 57 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by one sister and five brothers, one stillborn and one during infancy. She is survived by one sister, Emma (Jones) McFerrin of Kansas City, Missouri, her children Gary (Kate) of Portland, Oregon, Dennis (Carole) of Wichita, Kansas, Daryl (Jackie) of Brownville, Nebraska, Gloria Jensen (Jeff) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Lisa Kirby (Kris) of Auburn, Nebraska, grandchildren Kendal Obermeyer (Jeff), Lindsay Obermeyer (Kenny), Brice Obermeyer, Wade Obermeyer (Huntley), Rondell Walsh, Neal Obermeyer, Monica Davis (Nolan), Erica Janssen (Tony), Gavin Jensen, Bailey Jensen (Kjell), Alexis Kirby, Nathan Kirby; 12 great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Karl Millis. Special music was provided by John Crotty, Barb Billesbach, and Courtney Billesbach. Casket bearers were Bob Engles, Jerry Tuxhorn, Jim Florence, Lynn Rogge, Leroy Able, Bill Fulton, and Mark Caspers. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery near Auburn. Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.