Rita Phyllis Bradtke was born on February 10, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois. She was one of four girls born from the union of the late Philip and the late Marie (Witbrod) Bradtke.
Rita married the late Carl Nelson on January 10, 1948 and from this union came the birth of five children. The couple had a zest for life and would share in over forty-four wonderful years of marriage before his passing on December 25, 1992. Rita cared for the needs of her husband and their children as a homemaker.
She had a strong faith in the Lord and was devoted to her family. Rita loved cooking, especially for her family and guests that may stop by. No one left empty handed as she always sent food home with them.
Rita Phyllis Nelson, age 90, of Luna Pier passed away at 9:30am on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital. In addition to her parents and husband, her passing was preceded her three sisters.
To cherish her memory, Rita leaves her five children: Christine (Wilfred Skajewski) Wilebski of Minnesota, Steven (Barbara) Nelson of Columbus, Jeffery James Nelson of Erie, Carl (Melissa) Nelson Jr of Luna Pier and Martin Phillip (Terrie) Nelson of Lambertville; many grandchildren and great grandchildren
Arrangements have been entrusted to Merkle Funeral Service, 9156 Summit Street, Erie (724)848-5185. Online guests may leave words of comfort and inspiration or share a photo or memory by visiting our website at www.merklefs.com.