Rita Louise Wertz


Rita Louise “Aunt Sis” Wertz, 74, of Edinburgh, Indiana, passed away January 16, 2016, at Columbus Regional Hospital. She was born August 9, 1941, in Norristown, Indiana, the daughter of Walter S. and Avonda “Bonnie” (Adams) VanGorden. She married Richard Wayne “Unkie” Wertz June 16, 1963. He preceded her in death January 8, 2016.

She is survived by three brothers, W. Rex (Judy) VanGorden of Boulder, Colorado, Roger Scott (Patti) VanGorden of Saint Louis Crossing, Indiana, and Ray Dean (Genia) VanGorden of Hollywood, Maryland; nieces and nephews, David (Julie) Wertz of Bloomington, Indiana, Reed (Shiyi) VanGorden of Hinsdale, Illinois, Brittany (Chris) Schoen of Franklin, Indiana, Alexandra VanGorden of Bloomington, Indiana, Danielle VanGorden of Columbus, Indiana, Kathleen VanGorden of Columbus, Indiana, A. Grace VanGorden of Hollywood, Maryland, and Elliot VanGorden of Hollywood, Maryland; and cousins, Jimmy (Diane) VanGorden of Flat Rock, Indiana.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Mrs. Wertz was a 1959 graduate of Southwestern High School, a 1960 graduate of Porter Business College and a 1990 graduate of IU Kelley School of Business. She was a member of  Norristown Community Church and attended Edinburgh United Methodist Church.

She was a member of Busy Bees 4-H Club and a charter member of Sunshine Club at Southwestern High School in 1958. On June 3, 1991, she joined Delta Sigma Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa Inc. and was president from 1996 to 1997. On June 12, 1991 she joined the National Society of Daughters of the Revolution (NSDAR), was Chapter Regent from 1995 to 2002 and held state offices. She was the recipient of the Adult Basic Education Volunteer of the Year Award in 1995, Adult Basic Education Certificate of Recognition in 1996, and a certificate from Edinburgh United Methodist Church for helping with Sunday School. She also taught Sunday at Norristown Community Church.

She was formerly employed by Park-Belk in 1959, Amos-Thompson Corp. from 1960 to 1967, Bureau of Motor Vehicles in 1968, and Edinburgh Community School Corp. from 1998 to 2014.

She helped to locate graves of Revolutionary War soldiers with the help of her husband, nieces, and members of the Alexander Hamilton Chapter NSDAR.

She enjoyed time with friends, Lisa Snyder of Fort Wayne, Indiana, Ginger and Vern Kahl of Franklin, Indiana, Nancy and Gerald Farrell of Wilmington, North Carolina, family, and her church family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted by the Reverend Sean Johnson at 11:a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Edinburgh United Methodist Church.

Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the church and again from 10 a.m. until time of service on Thursday. Burial will be at Rest Haven Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Arrangements were made by Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home in Edinburgh.