Rita  (Steinle) Boxberger, 73, of Russell, Kansas, passed away on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at her home in Russell, Kansas.

Rita was born on July 10, 1944, in Russell, Kansas and was raised by her grandparents, George and Mollie Steinle.  She grew up in Russell, Kansas, and attended Russell High School.  She met, fell in love and was united in marriage to Marvin Boxberger on August 09, 1959 at St. John Lutheran Church in Russell.  From this union Rita and Marvin were blessed with 3 children Randy, Brenda and Kim.  She worked in retail for several stores in the Russell area.   She was very active and called “Grandma” by the children in the Head Start Program here in Russell.  She enjoyed attending coffee in the morning at McDonald’s, playing Bridge and bowling.   She assisted her daughter Brenda with her daycare services and was loved as “Grandma Coffee” by the children.   Her main love in life was her children and grandchildren.  She would travel anywhere for their activities. 

Surviving family include son, Randy Boxberger (Cathy) of Russell, Kansas; daughters, Brenda Boxberger of Russell, Kansas and Kim Augustine (Don) of Russell, Kansas; five grandchildren, Nick Augustine (Amanda), Josh Boxberger, Megan Boxberger, Talyn Ergin (Melih) and Cassidy Froelich; and her daycare grandkids.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and husband Marvin.

A private family graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at the Russell City Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Friday, October 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary with the family present to greet friends from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
A memorial has been established with St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  Contributions and condolences may be sent to Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary, who is in charge of these arrangements.


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