Rita V. Lempka, 89, of Sterling died at her home on Friday, December 5, 2014. She was born on August 9, 1925 at rural Steinauer, attended St. Anthony’s Grade School and graduated from Steinauer High School in 1943. She married Edmund G. Lempka on September 9, 1948 at Steinauer. She was a homemaker on the family farm all of her life. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church of St. Mary, NE and was a member and past officer of the Altar Society and had been a CCD teacher. She enjoyed gardening, baking and jigsaw puzzles. Survivors include one son, Chris Lempka and wife Karen of St. Mary; three daughters, Karen Francis and husband Jim and Valerie Wittstruck and husband Ed and Rachel Lempka all of Lincoln; three grandchildren, Amy Agena, Katy Lempka and Bob Francis and wife Allison; one great-granddaughter, Nora Bean Francis; two sisters-in-law, Irene Pella and Mildred Pella both of Tecumseh and brother-in-law, August Olberding of Baileyville, KS.