Juneau resident Rita (Jerue) Ihitcaga died Dec. 13, 2005, at Bartlett Regional Hospital following complications from heart disease.
She was born in 1920 in Michigan and was one of 14 siblings. She and her first husband, Frenchy Jerue, moved with their family in 1950 to Ketchikan and in 1952 to Juneau. She worked at the Territorial Jail, St. Ann's Hospital, the Messerschmidt Bakery and various other jobs. She and Frenchy ran a coin-operated laundry downtown for many years.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing cards and having visitors. Her friends and family said that she "was dearly loved and will be greatly missed."
She was preceded in death in 1965 by Frenchy and in 1990 by her second husband, Bob Ihitcaga.
She is survived by her sons, Frank, Richard and his wife, Jan, Greg and his wife, Donica, and Tony (Jerue) Hieber; her daughters, Juanita Hieber and her husband, Jim, Cheryl Young and her husband, Steve, Tish Custer and her husband, Kim, all of Alaska; and 16 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.
At her request, a private service will be held. Following cremation, her ashes will be interred at Alaskan Memorial Park, beside her husband, Frenchy.