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Rita Kaup, 92, of West Point, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Brookestone Acres in Columbus. Funeral Mass will be 10:30am on Saturday, June 20 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point with Rev. Steve Emanuel as celebrant. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery with lunch following at the Nielsen Center. Physical distancing by household will be required at the lunch. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00pm to 7:00pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00pm at Stokely Funeral Home in West Point. Family will be present from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. Physical distancing with 25 people in the building at a time will be required for the visitation period. Memorials may be made to family wishes. Arrangements by Stokely Funeral Home.
Rita Ann Kaup was born on October 30, 1927 to Garrett and Anna (Casey) Scanlon in Schuyler. She grew up on the family farm and graduated from Schuyler High School in 1946. On September 29, 1954, Rita married William “Bill” Kaup at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church in Schuyler. The couple farmed at Aloys before retiring to West Point in 1994.
Rita was a former member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church at Aloys where she was active in the Guild. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in West Point after the couple moved to town. Rita was a sports enthusiast who loved golfing at Indian Trail Country Club where she was the winner of many trophies. She was active in supporting her children with their 4-H projects especially showing hogs. Her sense of humor and excellent cooking were admired by all who knew her.
Survivors include daughter, Maureen Mausbach of Columbus; son, Kevin (Rhonda) of West Point; grandson, Garret Kaup; step grandchildren, Jenna Jelenik and James (Ashley) Walden; great grandchildren, Gavin and Addison Jelenik; and niece, Carol Reha. Rita is preceded in death by her parents; husband; son-in-law, Dave Mausbach; and siblings, Marie Lapacek and Edward, Marvin, and James Scanlon.