DANVILLE — Rita E. Workman, 82, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Middleton Senior Living in Granville, Ohio, surrounded by family.
Rita was born Nov. 14, 1934, in the Vipes Region of Latvia, to the late Paul and Erimine Anna (Spolans) Elksnis. On June 2, 1956, she married Dean Workman, who preceded her in death.
After high school, she worked in a local bank in Mount Vernon, and then later joined her husband in the poultry industry at Cuddy Farms where she retired as the head secretary. When Rita wasn’t working or involved in local community events she enjoyed traveling with her husband, quilting, knitting, playing cards, sewing and gardening. She also loved baking and cooking delicious meals for friends and family.
She was an avid sports fan for Danville athletics, The Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Indians and the Olympics.
She is survived by her children, Daniel Dean (Gina) Workman of Columbus, Nancy Gina Durbin of North Canton, and Nina Grace (Bill) Helfer of Heath; five grandsons, Niclas Paul Workman, Alexander Dean Workman, Aaron Michael Helfer, Rhett Christopher Durbin, and Lee Michael Durbin; a great-grandson, Henry Durbin; sisters, Velta Sulcs and Irma Zakis both of Cleveland; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, at the Fischer Funeral Home in Danville. Pastor Tom Heil will officiate. Interment will follow in Workman Cemetery. Calling hours will be from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday evening.
Memorial donations can be made to the Danville Athletic Boosters, c/o Lanna Staats, 28388 Jelloway Road; the Danville Local Schools Band Dept., P.O. Box 30; or to the Eastern Knox County Joint Fire District (Danville Fire Dept.), P.O. Box 526, Danville, OH 43014. Visit fischerfuneralhome.com.