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Rita Kleier

She was born to Ray and Evelyn (Schiller) Fehr in Wadena on June 28, 1936. In 1952, her family moved to Santa Monica, Calif., where she graduated from Santa Monica High School in 1954. In June 1955, she was married to Charles L. Kleier and had two sons.

In 1957, she went to work for the Department of the Navy at the U.S. Naval Ordinance Laboratory as a secretary and spent the remainder of her work career until her retirement in 1994 working for the Department of the Air Force as an Air Force Plant Representative Contract Specialist. In 1984, she went on to earn her AA degree at Green River Community College.

She was very talented and in her retirement time created stained glass art, pottery and dolls. She also spent time remodeling her home and more recently enjoyed cooking, collecting cooking recipes and watching cooking shows.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 20 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Covington, Wash.

Survivors include her two sons, David Kleier of Federal Way, Wash., and Bruce Kleier of Kent, Wash.; a grandson; two sisters, Patty Lamb of Covington, Wash., and Beatrice Catchpole of Puyallup, Wash.