Zita Reetz

July 17, 1931 ~ April 25, 2020 (age 88)


Zita Marie Reetz, 88, of Alpha, passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at her residence.

A private family Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Burial will take place immediately following Mass at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in Jackson.

Zita Marie Reetz, daughter of Leo and Mabel (Faivre) Terveer, was born on July 17, 1931 in Sherburn, Minnesota. Zita was baptized and confirmed into the Catholic Faith at St. Luke's Catholic Church in Sherburn. Zita attended and graduated from Sherburn High School. She was an active member of band in school. Zita was united in marriage to Fred Reetz Jr. on July 30, 1951 in Fairmont, Minnesota. They made their forever home together on the Reetz homestead in Petersburg Township. Fred and Zita were blessed with five children. Zita and Fred enjoyed going to dances together. Throughout her life she had various jobs with the bowling alley in Sherburn, Campbell Soup in Worthington, helping Fred at the Alpha meat locker, PG Gray's Egg Plant in Estherville, Sperry Univac and TSE in Jackson, with her main focus being a homemaker to her husband and children. In 2013, Zita lost her best friend and life companion Fred. She remained on the Reetz homestead until her passing on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the age of 88 years, 9 months and 8 days.

Zita was not only a homemaker; she was a loving and caring mother. Her children thought of her not only as a mother but as a friend. Zita was a happy woman, that always had a smile on her face. Zita enjoyed being out in her flower and vegetable gardens and canning the vegetables she harvested. Zita enjoyed cooking and looked forward to Sunday dinners she prepared for her family consisting of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, along with all the fixings. Zita enjoyed sewing, especially quilting. She made several quilts which she shared with her children and grandchildren. Each quilt was made with a special touch for each family member. Zita has left a lifetime of memories for her family to cherish. Zita and Fred are once again reunited and watching over their family with smiles.

Zita is survived by her children Fred Reetz III of Alpha, William (Chris) Reetz of Rushmore, Linda (Dean) Pederson of Hancock, Jim (Teri) Reetz of Jackson; brothers David (Linda) Terveer, Alois Terveer, and Vitus Terveer; sisters Veronica Studer, Rena Miller, Rita (Jim) Denny, Janet Roth, Vernetta Cellette and Gloria (Art) Bauer; sister-in-laws Geraldine Glenn and Judy Reetz; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great grandchildren along with many nieces, nephews, and her special family friend, Tyke.

Zita is preceded in death by her husband Fred; infant daughter Marie Ann; her parent's Leo and Mabel; brothers Raymond, Palladius, and Cletus Terveer and a sister Barbara Schanz.

Blessed be the memory of Zita Marie Reetz.

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