Rita E. McNair, age 95, of Gladstone passed away on Monday, November 18, 2019 at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Rita was born August 16, 1924 in Bark River, Michigan, the daughter of Herbert and Rose (Martin) LeGault. She graduated from the St. Joseph Catholic School in Escanaba in 1942. On November 8, 1944 she was united in marriage to Kenneth McNair at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Escanaba. Rita worked for Stella’s Cafe, Hanson Canning Factory and as a CNA for the St. Francis Hospital for 18 years until she retired in 1979. She continued with private nursing care for many years following her retirement. Rita was a longtime member of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone where she served with the Woman’s Auxiliary and the Funeral Luncheon Committee. She enjoyed bowling, belonging to two local bowling clubs, was a Card Club member, Lady Forester member, an avid Green Bay Packer fan, loved to spend time with her family, camping, maintaining her camp fires, babysitting and playing bingo. She was best known for her sticky buns, meat pies, pasties and breads.
Rita is survived by her children, Susan (John) Grenier of Gladstone, Pat (Ray) Hagman of Escanaba, Sharon (Richard) Schoenenberger of Garden, Mike (Robin) McNair of Gladstone, Cathy (Ron) Tomac of Gladstone, Cheryl Brown of Ford River, Chris McNair of Gladstone, Theresa (Steve) Johnson of Rapid River, Debbie (Perry) Hughes of Wetmore, MI, Ken (Tina) McNair of Wausau, WI, Julie (Galen) VanDrese, Cornell and Dan McNair of Escanaba Township; 32 grandchildren, numerous great and great-great grandchildren; her sister, Marlene (Robert) Chriske of Pittsville, WI and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth, brothers, Tippy, Lester and Don LeGault and sisters, Clara LeGault, Laverne Thibault and Beatrice Lindahl.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 22 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 5:00 PM at All Saints Catholic Church with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall. Rita will be laid to rest in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.