Rita Marie (Geist) Cassatt, age 88, of Hays, passed away Sunday (Dec. 15, 2019) in Hays. She was born April 14, 1931, in Victoria, Kansas to Jacob James and Aloyisa Louise (Koerner) Geist. On March 27, 1951, she married Donovan Emil Cassatt in Victoria. He preceded her in death May 9, 2015.

Rita had worked in Food Preparation and as a PARA at various local schools. and volunteered at the ARK in Hays and Save N Share in McPherson. She enjoyed playing Bridge, Sewing and fishing. She attended St. Nicholas of Myra Church in Hays.

She is survived by four daughters, Janet Jones of Tucson, Arizona, Deborah Reece and husband Ed of Farmington, New Mexico, Tamara Streit and husband Victor of Salina and Donna Ward and husband Dave of Hays; nine grandchildren, Bryan (Yuka Matsugu)Jones, Derrick Jones, Joshua (Ali) Cassatt, Levi (Trisha) Reece, Christopher Reece, Austin Streit, Jenna (Chris) Miller, Tara (Aaron) Gillespie and Jaclynn Ward; six great grandchildren, Beatrice Cassatt, Alex Miller, Evelyn Miller, Jackson Gillespie, Greyson Gillespie and Mila Jones as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandson, Matthew Thomas Ward; brothers, infant John, Eugene, Rudolph, infant Robert, and Wilfred Geist and sisters, Josephine Weigel, Martina Pfeifer, Felicitas Malsom, infant Eleanor Geist, Eleanor Schmeidler, Melosyna Stecklein and Rosalina Schmidt.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday (Dec. 20, 2019) at The Basilica of St. Fidelis in Victoria. Inurnment will follow in St. Fidelis Cemetery.


Memorial visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday  with a combined parish vigil and rosary at 7 p.m. all at The Basilica of St. Fidelis. Arrangements in care of Brock’s-Keithley Funeral Chapel and Crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.


Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia Motherhouse.


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