Rita A. (Pfannenstiel) Bieker, 94, Hays, died Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at Via Christi Village, Hays.
She was born Nov. 22, 1925, in Hays to Joe M. and Sophie (Rupp) Pfannenstiel. She grew up on a farm close to Hays and attended school in Hays.
She married Marvin J. Bieker on Sept. 20, 1948. They celebrated nearly 34 years of marriage before he preceded her in death July 30, 1982. She was a homemaker, cook and seamstress. She assisted her husband with many farm activities. After his death, she moved to Hays and worked at Bickle Fabrics and later Walmart until she retired.
She was a member of St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church and St. Nicholas Ladies Guild.
She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playing cards in which she was involved in many clubs.
Survivors include two sons, Dale Bieker and wife, Joyce, Sun City, Ariz., and Keith Bieker and wife, Donna, Hays; two daughters, Brenda Stewart and husband, Steve, Hays and Myra Taylor and husband, John, Salina; seven grandchildren, Blake Bieker (Trisha), Brandy Hatheway (Mike), Kelsey Bieker, Shelby Stewart, Aaron Stewart, Austin Cart, and Connor Cart; three step-grandchildren, Audrea Marciano, Amy Stewart and Tiffany Clark; six great- grandchildren, Brady, Jake, and Savanna Bieker, Lauren Hatheway, Ashlyn Taylor, and Rylie Cart; six step- great-grandchildren, Elijah, Asia, Quincy, Jewelysia, Francesco, and Giuliana; a sister-in-law, Rose Ann Bieker, Schoenchen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; Ignatius and Edward Pfannenstiel; seven sisters, Matilda “Tillie” Wittman, Sister M. Carmelyn, Philomena “Minnie” Lang, Mary Ann Schmeidler, Edna Jane and Albertine Pfannenstiel; an infant Jeanette; and a step-grandson, Jonathan Taylor.
Once restrictions are lifted from the current global pandemic, arrangements will be planned and announced for a celebration of her life, including a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Nicholas of Myra Catholic Church and a graveside service in St. Anthony Cemetery, Schoenchen.
Memorials are suggested to St. John’s Chapel at Via Christi Village in care of Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.
Condolences can be sent to the family at www.haysmemorial.com