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.