Rita Elizabeth Boero of Bourbon, Missouri was born on January 17, 1941 in St. James, Missouri to Paul and Rose (Tessaro) Goevert and passed away on May 14, 2019 at the age of 78 years.
Rita spent her early years in Rosati, Missouri. The family then moved to Thayer, Missouri, where Rita attended grade school and graduated from high school in 1958.
Rita continued her education at St. Louis University, earning a degree in education. After starting a family, she furthered her education, earning a Master’s Degree in Education. Rita started her teaching career at Ursuline Academy. She also taught one year at St. Dominic Savio and Our Lady of Providence. Then, Rita and her family moved to Sullivan, Missouri where she taught for one year. Rita chose to make her home in the Bourbon School District, where she taught for 31 years in various grades, ending her last 18 years teaching high school history and government. Rita continued working at Bourbon schools as a substitute teacher until she was 72 years old.
Rita married Edward Boero on August 10, 1963 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Rita spent numerous years sponsoring senior classes, taking hundreds of students to Daytona Beach and a few other destinations. Rita could also be seen sponsoring the junior classes, where she would transform the middle school gym into a different paradise centered around various themes. She sponsored the Beta Club and Scholar Bowl. Other events Rita could be seen leading included Senior Carnivals, May Days, Homecomings, and running concessions stands.
Rita spent many hours volunteering for the Bourbon Booster’s Senior Christmas dinners and the Lions Club Easter Egg Hunts. Rita ventured into the catering business. Rita helped at the St. Francis Catholic Church annual picnics.
Rita loved her books and enjoyed painting ceramics, making numerous other crafts, word searches and playing solitaire.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Edward Boero; her parents, Paul and Rose Goevert; step father, George Krueger; father and mother-in-law, Edward and Mary Boero; and her sister, Jeanette Brinegar.
She is survived by her children, Tony Boero and wife Cathy of Bourbon, Missouri, Tami Bobbitt and husband Randy of Bourbon, Missouri, Traci Courtouise and husband Doug of Bourbon, Missouri and Terri Rowden and husband Chuck of Leasburg, Missouri; grandchildren, Tori Brock and husband Michael, Ryan Bobbitt and wife Katie, Tara Doyle and husband Jason, Tori Bobbitt and significant other Keenan, Anthony Rowden and wife Kayla, Drew Courtouise, Mackenzie Courtouise, Maria Boero and Bam Rowden; great grandchildren, Katie, Rilynn, Evelyn, Baylor, Kian, Kade, and Kinsley; one brother, Paul Goevert and wife Shelly of Ballwin, Missouri; nieces, Vicki (Rob) Sewell and Angie (Richard) Black; nephews, Gordon (Jaime) Goevert and Sam Goevert; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 3-7 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, 2019 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan, Missouri.
Funeral Mass was held 10 a.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 at the St. Anthony Catholic Church in Sullivan, Missouri with Father Paul Telken celebrating.
Burial followed at the St. Anthony Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Eaton Funeral Home of Sullivan, Missouri.