Rita M. Weigel, 86, Hays, died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, at her home.

She was born April 17, 1931, in Hays to John J. and Margaret (Schoenberger) Lang. She was a 1949 graduate of Hays High School.

She married Everett A. Weigel on Sept. 12, 1951, in Hays. He preceded her in death Sept. 22, 1994. She worked for more than 25 years at Montgomery Wards and upon its closing, she worked for another 12 years at the Senior Center in Hays.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and always was willing to share her time and talent with the church. She was a member of Hays Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9076 Ladies Auxiliary and was a 20-year volunteer at Hays Medical Center.

Her hobbies included bowling, playing cards, card games, bird watching, collecting bird sculptures and bird houses, and was a passionate reader. Above all, she was a proud mother and grandmother who always put her family first.

Survivors include a son, Robert J. “Bob” Weigel and wife, Judy, Hays; a brother; Frank Lang and wife, Micki, Arizona; two sisters, Joann Brown, Hays, and Lorrie Uttecht, California; two grandchildren, Justin J. Weigel, Kansas City, and Trina Proberts and husband, Kevin, all of Hays; two great-grandchildren; Toby and JoLeigh Proberts; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters; Katie, Paulina, Marie, Anna, Marcella and Mary Alice; and four brothers, Ray, Johnnie, Eugene and Julius.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; inurnment in St. Joseph Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

A rosary will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to Hospice of Hays Medical Center in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com.