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Rita M. Leiker

June 7, 1927 — August 5, 2021

Rita M. Leiker


Rita M. (Schoendaller) Leiker age 94 of Hays, Kansas died Thursday, August 5, 2021 at her home. She was born June 7, 1927 in Hays, Kansas to Jacob F. and Susanna (Brungardt) Schoendaller. She married Norman A. Leiker on January 16, 1970 in Niles, Kansas.

She was a Learning Disability Specialist and a Reading Specialist teacher in various school districts for the Salina and Wichita Diocese for 45 years. She retired in 1992 and moved to Hays in 2015 from Wichita. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Hays, Kansas.

She is survived by her husband, Norman A. Leiker, of the home; one brother, Jacob C. Schoendaller and wife, Mary Ann, Great Falls, MT; one sister-in-law, Barbara Clarke, Hays, KS.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alvin Schoendaller, Robert Schoendaller; five sisters, Loretta Giebler, Mary Schurr, Armella Melson, Germaine Holmgrem, Mildred Hoagland; and one infant brother, John Schoendaller.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 18th and Vine, Hays, Kansas with Father Nick Parker officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Hays, Kansas.

A vigil service and rosary will be at 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. Tuesday, at Clines-Keithley Mortuary of Hays and form 9:00 to 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, at the Church.

The family suggests memorials to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

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