Rita Welker (71) of Watson

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Published on March 7 2013 3:47 pm

Rita Welker, 71, of Watson, Illinois died at 10:21 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at Gieseking Funeral Home, Altamont with Rev. Robert Tucker officiating. Burial will follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park, Effingham. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be made to Carmi Baptist Children's Home. Online condolences may be left by clicking here.

Rita was born February 12, 1942 in Effingham, the daughter of Gaylord and Bertha Riley  White. She married Gordon Welker January 11, 1960 and he survives. She was a member of Blue Point Baptist  Church.

Survivers are sons, Troy (wife Kathy) Welker of Effingham and Michael (wife Susan) Welker of Pueblo, Colo.; daughters, Diana (husband Ed) Roman of Carlisle, Penn. and Tracy (husband Jeff) Tonn of Watson; brothers, Robert (wife Laura) White of Watson and Duane (wife Linda) White of Mason; sisters, Mary (husband Larry) Cline of Watson, Sharon (husband Ray) Casselman of Altamont and Shirley Filer of Watson and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and granddaughter, Dacia.