RITA A. BEARD, 82, of Monroeville, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 3:10 a.m., at Kingston Residence in Ft. Wayne. She married Robert O. Beard on June 30, 1951, in Middlebury, Ohio; he passed away on July 29, 2011. Rita was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary Unit 420; and she was graduate of Wren High School Class of 1950. Rita was a homemaker. Surviving are her daughters, Linda Sue Scott of New Haven, Joyce Ann (Dan) Bouman of Clinton Township, Mich., Jeanne Marie (Rich) Tobias of Decatur, Laurie Ellen Merz (Mark Sharpe) of Monroeville; sister, Anita (Patrick) Moreland of Ft. Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Fred Thor and Edna (Alfather) Thor; and a twin brother, Fred Thor Jr. Service is 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. Chaplain Karen Kosberg officiating. Visitation also from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at the funeral home. Burial in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery. Preferred memorials to Monroeville Fire Department or Monroeville EMS. For complete obituary information and to sign the online guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com

POSTED: 01/30/13 at 6:47 am. FILED UNDER: Obits