Rita Mae Schmolke 78 of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, after fighting a courageous battle of cancer for the last several years. She was born on January 17, 1942, in Akron, to John Harmon and Emma (Jones) Eiseman. Rita grew up in Brimfield and graduated from Kent State High School and Bohecker’s Business College. Rita was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved serving with the sisters and the youth. Rita loved music, ballroom dancing and, even taught herself to play the piano. She lived many years in Kent and Pickerington Ohio and had made many special friends that she held very dear to her heart. Rita lived the last eight years in Gilbert, Arizona loving the sunshine. Rita was blessed with many talents; cooking, decorating, sewing, and singing to mention a few.
Rita will be greatly missed by her devoted husband Dennis Schmolke and her daughters, Renee Lane of Bartlesville, OK and Rebecca (Paul) Porter of Gilbert, AZ. Six grandchildren Cami (Morgan) Lish, William Pidge, Ashley (Nick) Lewis, Mackenzie (Jordan) Saunooke, Mariah and Mason Porter and 8 great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Jeanne(David) Peugh of Tallmadge, OH and nieces, nephews and, friends she has made throughout her life.
Rita was preceded in death by her parents and Husbands: Robert E. Lane Jr. and William J. Gibbons. Her brother, Edward Eiseman and great granddaughter Taylor Lewis.
Bunker Funeral Home in Mesa, AZ will be handling arrangements for Rita to be sent to Bissler & Sons Funeral Home in Kent, Ohio, where Private Family services will be at Standing Rock Cemetery in Kent, Ohio.