Rita Smith Lace

Rita Mae (Rodrick) Smith Lace, 72, passed away in her sleep on Friday, May 11, 2012 at her home in Eagan Minnesota.  Rita was the youngest daughter of Charles Joseph and Florence Meta (Culver) Rodrick of Northfield Minnesota.

Rita’s family will be celebrating her life with friends and family during a visitation on Friday, May 18th, 2012 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at the Bierman Funeral Home in Northfield and again at a funeral on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 1:00 PM at the Castle Rock United Methodist Church.

Rita was born on December 21, 1939 in Minneapolis Minnesota and spent most of her life in and around the Northfield Minnesota area.  In 1956, Rita married Carl ‘Pete’ Peterson in Northfield.  They had 2 children, Theresa Ann Peterson and Laurence William Peterson.  On February 5, 1959, Rita married David Carroll Smith of Grapeland Texas in Mason City Iowa.  Rita and David had 2 children, Kent David Smith and Patricia Lynn Smith.  In December, 1980, David passed away from Cancer in Red Wing, Minnesota.  Rita then married Larry Dean Lace of rural Castle Rock on July 17, 1982.  Rita and Larry were married until Larry’s passing in December, 2009.

Rita had many passions in life, among them were sewing, genealogy, reading and spending time with family.  One of her greatest joys was her children and grandchildren.  She delighted in her great grandchildren.  She was a strong and loyal person and she would do anything for you.

Rita is survived by her children Terry (Dan) Bliss of Northfield, Larry (Janis) Smith of Prior Lake, Kent (Susan) Smith of Burnsville and Tricia (DuWayne) Dixon of St. Louis Park, mother-in-law Elda (Guildner) Lace, sisters Florence (Robert) Berglund of Loyal Wisconsin and Ida Wiese of Northfield, brother Joseph (Jeri) Rodrick of Denver Colorado, sister-in-laws Carol (Krier) Rodrick of Davenport Iowa and Peggy (Lace) Runge of Northfield, brother-in-law Rich (Betty) Lace of Castle Rock, 11 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Rita is preceded in death by her parents, husbands David Smith and Larry Lace, sister Rose Montgomery, brother Daniel Rodrick, sister-in-law Patsy Lace and brother-in-law Kenneth Runge.  

Arrangements are being handled by the Bierman funeral home in Northfield, Minnesota.  Interment will occur at Oaklawn Cemetery in Northfield.