Rita Riopelle, age 95, of Grafton, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, at Valley Senior Living, Grand Forks.
Rita L French was born in Grafton on July 14, 1925, the daughter of Oscar and Dora (Sabourin) French. She was raised in Oakwood and graduated from Grafton Central High School. She married Reo Riopelle in Grafton on Nov. 23, 1949. They farmed in the Grafton area. Rita served as the Catholic religious education director at Life Skills and Transition Center from 1967 to 1987.
Rita is survived by her children, Dora (Dennis) Elbert, Grand Forks, and Adair (Mark) Boening, Fargo; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Reo on Feb, 1, 1998; and brother, Leo French.
Rita was gifted with creativity. She could look at a fashion in a store and then go home and sew it from memory for her daughters. She performed many deeds of kindness without calling attention to herself. Rita was a faithful servant. May perpetual light shine upon her.
Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren, Jason Elbert, Christina Fargo, Danielle Hoyt, Nick Boening and Jake Boening.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Nov. 13, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, Grafton. Due to the pandemic Mass will be live-streamed on the Tollefson Funeral Home Inc. Facebook page. A video will be posted on the Tollefson Funeral Home website following the service. Interment will follow at St. John’s Cemetery.
An online guestbook is available at www.tollefsonfuneralhome.com.
Ar rangement s by Tollefson Funeral Home in Grafton.