June 14, 1934 ~ July 23, 2021

Born in: Muncie, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

Rita Jane (Hennigan) (Lucas) Gatzemeyer, 87, of Indianapolis, Indiana, passed away on July 23, 2021.
She was born to parents Lena Hennigan and Francis Hennigan, June 14,1934 in Muncie, Indiana.

Rita attended St. Lawrence Catholic School grades 1-8 and graduated from Muncie Central High School in 1952. She enjoyed school, especially when cheering on the Bearcats at Hinkle Fieldhouse with her pep-block friends.

Rita met (Late) Richard Lee Lucas in 1953. They were married in 1954 in Muncie, Indiana. Together they raised 5 children: Gini, Rick, Chris, Diane, & Audra. Dick was an officer in the Air Force and the family traveled around a lot during their lives. They started out in Indiana, and moved to Texas, Montana, Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia where Dick retired, and finally back to Indiana to farm with relatives. All 5 of the children were born in different states and share their parents love of travel.

In 1979, after the sudden death of her first husband Dick, Rita went to work as a teacher’s aide at Oaklawn Elementary School in Monticello. From there, she went on to work as a school secretary for 20 years at Roosevelt Middle School. She retired from Roosevelt Middle School in 1999 having met some of her dearest friends and making sure the books were balanced to the penny!

In 1992 Rita met Marvin Gatzemeyer. They forged a strong connection and were married in 1993. They enjoyed traveling, spending time with their children’s families and made several moves themselves, from Indiana to Illinois, Missouri and back to Indiana. While in Missouri they enjoyed some lovely friendships, involvement with their church and Rita belonged to the “Tuesday Study Club.” Not everyone is lucky enough to find love again and she felt very fortunate to have met and loved Marv along with his beautiful family.

Rita was a devoted Catholic and found great strength in her faith. She enjoyed spending time with her friends and family, college basketball, travel, watching golf, crossword puzzles, adult coloring books and of course, sweets! She was a source of strength, kindness and friendship for her children, family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Rita is survived by Gini Gilmer (Roger), Richard Lucas (Gigi), Christopher Lucas (Cathy), Diane Feruglio (the Late Peter), Audra Rasmussen (Greg), Becky Davis (Kim), Mike Gatzemeyer (Glenda), Shelly Schwedhelm (Kevin), Leslie Bray, Melanie Surber (Jeff),
Grandchildren: Jamie, Joey, Kristen, Rita, Ricky, Katie, Caitlin, Hannah, Olivia, Megan, Mandy, Sarah, Cory, Lindsey, Dustin, Bryan, Brandon, Kiley, Aubrey, Andrew, Abby, Nicholas & Samantha.
Great Grandchildren: Ella, Will, Danielle, Gianna, Jorge, Adrian, Jaydon, Cole, Dylan, Addison, Madison, Dylan, Sawyer, Jacob, Burke, Anna, Kaylee, Ethan, Shelby, Lilly, Parker, Charlee, Morgan, Dylan, Hannah, Haylee, Brooks, Jackson, Brynn, Jayde, Calvin, Tenlee, Turner, Griffin, Gus, Tessa, Murphy, Lane & Kayson.

She was preceded in death by Lena Hennigan (Mother), Francis Hennigan (Father), Richard L Lucas (Husband), Marvin K. Gatzemeyer (Husband), Jerry (Brother), Patricia (Sister), Frances (Sister), Michael (Brother).

Services will be as follows:
Thursday, August 19th
Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church, Monticello, Indiana
Rosary at 10:30a.m. with visitation 11:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Funeral Mass to follow at 12:00p.m.
Family will have a private burial in Delphi

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to:
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1730
Chicago, IL 60601

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. My deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother, grandmother and great grandma. I remember Rita when I was growing up, going over to her parents home. She was so pretty, and always had a smile on her face. She was a cousin that I always will remember. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  3. Heaven sure gained an Angel when he called Rita home. She was a truly remarkable lady with such poise and grace. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. God bless you all in you loss. Know that she was loved by so many in Missouri.

  4. Heaven sure gained an Angel when he called Rita home. She was a truly remarkable lady with such poise and grace. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend. God bless you all in you loss. Know that she was loved by so many in Missouri.

  5. My Heart Breaks💔 For this terrible loss. And my thoughts and prayers🙏📿are with you all as you deal with something their are no words for, Just know she is with you all and would love to see you all getting through this together….

  6. May the dear Lord’s peace be with Rita Jane, and for all her beloved family. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of loss.

  7. Remembering Rita as an upbeat, pleasant lady at Roosevelt Middle School. We enjoyed working with her very much. Condolences to the family.

  8. Heaven has added an Angel; Rita was such a kind person. God bless you and your family and watch over you during this most difficult time.

  9. Heaven is a lucky place to have Mrs. Rita in it 💖. What a joy to get to know her and witness her delightful spirit. Today I celebrate her life and see her in the faces of the flowers. ✨Sending love and supportive prayers to all family members✨

  10. Audra, know that our family is thinking of you and your family and your all in our prayers! 💕Your mother was a beautiful soul and will be missed dearly! May God grant you the strength and comfort you need. Love and prayers, Tom and Marylin Hall and family.

  11. Rita was a very sweet and kind lady who I thoroughly enjoyed visiting when delivering her Mary Kay products. We shared our interest in genealogy, politics and many other topics. She was very brave in dealing with her illnesses and attributed this to her loving family, who were so supportive during those difficult times. I will miss her and our chats. I know she is in a much better place.

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