Rita Ann Kemph 76, died Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Schowalter Villa in Hesston, Kansas. She was born May 10, 1939 in Newton, Kansas to Francis and Ruby (Stryker) Grochowsky. On March 1, 1960 she married Cecil W. Kemph at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton and he survives of the home. Rita attended both Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Mary’s Catholic Churches in Newton. She was a retired Registered Nurse at the former Halstead Hospital and later worked as the head nurse at Friendly Acres now Asbury Park in Newton. Rita enjoyed her career in nursing and mentoring new nurses and providing excellent care for her patients. She had a soft spot in her heart for dogs and loved to rescue and care for her beloved pets. Her greatest joy in life however was her family. She enjoyed keeping up with her children and grandchildren and greatly looked forward to their visits. Camping and fishing were a favorite past time she enjoyed with her family. Rita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many and her caring spirit will live on through her many thoughtful deeds and actions.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years Cecil W. Kemph of the home; son Steve Kemph of Phoenix, AZ; daughter Susan Rikoff of Port Arthur, TX; brother Robert Grochowsky of Topeka, KS. 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life service will be 2:00 p.m., Monday, September 28, 2015 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorial suggestion is to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.