- August 13, 1933 - September 10, 2012
- South Bend, Indiana
of Rita's Passing
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“Very sorry to hear of Aunt Rita's passing. Although we had not seen her in a number of years, we enjoyed her cards and letters very much.....Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Kevin Uznanski - Manchester, CT
“Roberta, Greg, Paul and Ed,
Your mother was a fine lady. Gentle, personable, never a bad word about anyone.
I am so sorry that I didn't see your...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Mary L. Filbert - South Bend, IN
“A very sad time for the extended family of Rita. My grandmother, Maime Rutkowski Zens, was Rita's aunt. There are such fond memories. During our...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Beth Lewis Krimmel - Millis, MA
“Though I only met Rita once, I was taken by her kind and intelligent spirit. I want to convey my sympathies to Rita's family.
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4 of 8 | Posted by: Melanie Dykstra - River Forest, IL
“All my thoughts and prayers go to your family in this time of loss. I have alot of great memories of your mom from us growing up. Please take care.
5 of 8 | Posted by: Vicki Herzog - mishawaka, IN
“We just wanted to say sorry for your loss. We have many good memories of your mom through out all these years. Our heartfelt thoughts,prayers, and...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Gordon & Phyllis Herzog - IN
“Aunt Rita was a beautiful woman with a huge heart who adored her family and her Lord. I am especially grateful for the on-going friendship and...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Kathryn Uznanski Mueller - NC
“Paul: I am so very, very, sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.Cheryl Bruce
8 of 8 | Posted by: Cheryl Bruce - Nashville, TN
Rita M. Bottei, 79, of South Bend, IN, passed away at 12:40 a.m. Monday, September 10, 2012 at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, South Bend.
She was born on August 13, 1933 to the late Matthew E. and Bernice (Rutkowski) Uznanski in Chicago, IL, and has lived in South Bend since 1960, coming from Davenport, IA. Along with her parents; one brother, Kenneth M. Uznanski also preceded her in death.
On August 13, 1960, as Rita M. Uznanski, she married Rudolph S. "Rudy" Bottei in Chicago, IL, who was a professor of Chemistry at the University of Notre Dame. He died on April 23, 2003.
Mrs. Bottei was a Professor of Chemistry at St. Ambrose College in Davenport, IA; St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, IN; and Indiana University South Bend. She received a Bachelor Degree from the former Rosary College (Currently Dominican University) in River Forest, IL. Rita then went on to receive both her Master's Degree and PhD from the University of Illinois in Champagne, IL. She later received a Master of Science in Administration Degree from the University of Notre Dame during the 1980's.
She is survived by her daughter, Roberta A. Bottei of South Bend, IN; three sons, Gregory M. Bottei, M.D. of Green Bay, WI; Paul R. (Theresa) Bottei of Nashville, TN; Edward M. (Deana) Bottei, M.D. of Sioux City, IA; five grandchildren, Maria Theresa Bottei, Michael Bottei, and John Bottei, all of Nashville, TN; Brian Bottei and Laura Bottei, both of Green Bay, WI; one step granddaughter, Sadie Engel of Sioux City, IA; and two sisters-in-law, Joan Uznanski of St. Paul, MN and Margaret Bottei of Hackettstown, NJ.
Rita was a member of Christ the King Parish and Potawatomi Kiwanis Club, where she served as the Secretary. She served as the Past President of the Women's Art League; Past President of University Civitan; and was a long-time volunteer for Senior Health Insurance Information Program (S.H.I.I.P.).
Brilliant and faithful, Rita loved her husband and children, adored her grandchildren, and was a devoted friend to many.
Visitation will be from 3-5 & 6-8 p.m. Friday, September 14, 2012 at Kaniewski Funeral Home, 3545 N. Bendix Drive, South Bend, IN, where a Parish Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 15, 2012 at Christ the King Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Notre Dame, IN.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Rita Bottei Endowed Scholarship at Dominican University, Development Office, 7900 West Division, River Forest, Illinois 60305.
To send condolences, please visit, www.kaniewski.com.
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