Rita R. Dwyer

Rita R. Dwyer

October 20, 1936 – December 9, 2021

Rita was born on October 20, 1936, in Omaha, Nebraska.  She was the third child of six, including older sisters Joanne and Patricia, younger brother Bill, and her late younger siblings Bob and Susan.  In Rita’s youth, her family kept horses, which she learned to ride at a young age, and this led to her life-long love of horses (and any movie featuring horses).  After graduating from Omaha North High School, Rita worked in administrative and business positions during her life, including positions at Western Electric and Marathon Realty, and ended her career as an Executive Assistant at West Corporation.

Rita was committed to her Catholic faith, and along with her late husband, Stephen Dwyer (whom she married in 2006), was very generous toward Catholic charities and parishes, veterans causes, and other charities.  Among Rita’s favorite activities were golf, snow-skiing, and travel.  Her first international trip took her to Ireland for a professional golf tournament. Rita was a loyal fan of Huskers football, attending home games nearly every week for many years until her health would not allow her to do so.

Rita had three children and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first daughter, Shannon Baker, and survived by daughter, Lynne Baker (Bradley); son, Scott Baker (Katie); and grandchildren: Jami Houser, Madeline Baker, and Alexander Baker. Rita was very proud of her children and grandchildren and was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.

Rita was known for her spirit, wonderful smile, and joy of life.  She had many good friends throughout her life and was always there to offer help to those in need.  Rita’s health was failing over the past several years, although few people knew the extent to which she struggled and how she continued to fight.  Her indomitable spirit allowed her to overcome obstacle after obstacle.  She was loved and will be missed by many.

Face masks preferred. VISITATION: Wednesday, December 15th from 10am to 11am at the West Center Chapel, followed by Funeral Service at 11am.  To view a live broadcast of the Funeral Service, please go to www.heafeyheafey.com and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.



  • Julie McMillin Beckman Posted December 11, 2021 5:22 pm

    Thinking and praying for you allin this really sad time

  • Rae cacioppo Posted December 11, 2021 6:11 pm

    So sorry to hear of Rita’s passing.

  • Gloria Fletcher Posted December 11, 2021 6:50 pm

    My sweet Rita, I will miss your beautiful smile. I will miss your warm heart. It has been an honor to take care of you. I enjoyed our final day about 2 weeks ago. You are an AMAZING woman in your quietness. I will always carry you in my heart. 💞💞💞💞

    Much Love,
    Sisters With A Purpose In-Home Care🙏🙏🙏

  • Andy & Cec Bohn Posted December 11, 2021 9:46 pm

    We had such fun times all 3 of us. I have the greatest memories of you that I will cherish forever. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family left behind. Your mama was kind, stunnig and loved her family so much. Rest in peace my friend and dance with the angels…

  • Eileen Kitko Posted December 12, 2021 1:09 pm

    Thinking about all of you At this time. I am also thinking about all the warm memories I have of Rita

  • Scott D. Anderson Posted December 13, 2021 3:40 pm

    Rest in Peace, Dear Rita. You were loved and will be missed.

  • Deb Dwyer Crounse Posted December 14, 2021 7:32 pm

    Rita was a wonderful mother,grandmother,wife and friend. Tom and I had many great times with my brother Steve and Rita. I have to tell you Lynn, Scott, Jami, how proud she was and how often she spoke of all of you, Scott, I don’t think your little ones were around during her good years but you know how much she loved them. We were planning on coming tomorrow but due to the wind forecast and our living 45 minutes away we decided to be safe n Ty home. Our thoughts and prayer are with all of you today and in the future. God Bless!

  • Pamela Melby Posted December 16, 2021 9:55 am

    Lynne, Scott and Jamie – my heartfelt condolences to you all.

  • Levi Onuorah Posted December 19, 2021 12:53 pm

    The stories of her life on earth were heart warming. May her soul be blessed. To her survivors, the fortitude to live on and keep her memory

  • Ala Bedford Posted December 19, 2021 2:36 pm

    May her soul rest in peace

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