Rita Fae (Rohwer) Selk
|Posted 2021-01-11 by mhenderson|
|Published in The Miner on Jan. 9, 2021 -|
Kingman, Arizona -
Rita Fae Selk departed this life on Jan. 6, 2021. She was born on
April 28, 1931, in Aurelia, Iowa, the daughter of Delbert and Dorothy
Rohwer. She graduated from Primghar Community High School in May of
1949 and married Kenneth Schoening in 1951. The couple had three
children, Martin, Judy and Jan Schening. Rita went to business college
in Omaha, Nebraska and enjoyed working as a secretary for many years
in various businesses. She later went to beauty school, became a
cosmetologist and had her own shop.
It was during the years that Rita and Ken lived in Primghar and
Peterson that she became active as a Cub Scout den mother, a 4-H
leader, an active supporter of the local Little League baseball club,
and became involved in various church activities and functions. She
also became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Eastern
Rita married Otto Selk, Jr. in 1976. Together they were caretakers of
the Baumgartner Funeral Home for eight years, while at the same time
Rita worked as a beautician at the Cherokee Mental Health facility. In
1989 the Selks moved to Okoboji, Iowa, where they enjoyed working
together in the summers at the Arnolds Amusement Park. In the winter,
the couple became “snowbirds,” spending the cold months in Kingman and
returning to Iowa each spring. Finally, in 1997, the Selks made
Arizona their permanent home.
Rita became an avid Diamondbacks fan and a dedicated volunteer in
She served at the food bank for 10 years, joined the Kingman Social
Club and the local Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed cooking,
church potlucks, golfing, reading, crocheting, playing bridge and
spending as much time as possible with her grandchildren. Birthday
celebrations were especially important to her, as well as any time
that she and her family could get together for food, fun and
She loved 1940s style Big Band music, and she was proud of the fact
that she had lived to see 14 presidents occupy the White House, from
F.D.R to Donald Trump.
Rita was also an enthusiastic member of Kingman Presbyterian Church.
She became involved in almost every aspect of the church life,
including Bible study, the Presbyterian Women organization, the many
church potlucks, and most importantly, Sunday morning worship
Since the fall of 1969, Rita had known Jesus Christ as her Lord and
Savior, and being in worship was her top priority every Sunday
morning. Often she expressed her gratitude for her church family.
Frequently, she made the statement, “Living with the Lord has given me
peace and joy, and my church family is a constant blessing to me.”
The loss of her daughter Jan and her grandson Luke within six months
of each other in 2017 was almost more than she could bare, but she
held to her faith in God, as she always did in every crisis.
Rita expressed the fact that she was at peace with her loss and that
both Jan and Luke are in Heaven, waiting for her to join them there.
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” -Psalm
Rita Selk was preceded in death by her parents, Delbert and Dorothy
Rohwer; an older brother, Richard Rohwer; husbands Kenneth Schoening
and Otto Selk, Jr.; her daughter Jan Barrios; and her grandson Luke
Nielsen. She leaves behind her son, Martin Schoening and his wife,
Elaine; daughter Judy Nielsen and her husband Chris; eight
grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren as well as many relatives and
Arrangements were placed in the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and
Crematory and Memorials may be sent to the funeral home.
Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-
frazefuneralhome.com To send a FREE card to the family go to
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