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Rita Friederichs

Rita Friederichs, age 70, of Gaylord, passed away Monday, October 17, 2022, at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. Visitation and funeral services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at American Lutheran Church in Gaylord, MN. Visitation will start at 1:00, and funeral service will follow at 3:00. Rita was born on May 12, 1952 and was baptized and confirmed at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Hamburg, MN. She was raised by her parents Bernell and Anne Marie Graupmann in Hamburg, MN. She attended Emanuel Lutheran School in Hamburg and graduated from Central High School in Norwood Young America. Rita married Larry Friederichs on August 19, 1972 and they lived in Gaylord, MN. They have two children, Michael and Heidi, and 5 grandchildren. Rita enjoyed a long career as a beautician and was the owner of Town and Country Beauty Salon in Gaylord. She retired from being a beautician in 2007 and then joined the family lawn care business to become the bookkeeper. She fully retired in the spring of 2020. In her free time, Rita enjoyed gardening, word puzzles, and bird watching from her back porch. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandkids. She loved cooking and baking with them and being their biggest supporter of their sports and extracurricular activities. Rita is survived by her husband Larry, son Michael and his wife Nyssa, daughter Heidi Hermel and her husband Andy, grandchildren Zoey, Noah, and Tessa Hermel, and Emmet and Isla Friederichs, brother Rick (Judy) Graupmann, and sister June (Mark) Rolf. She was preceded in death by her father Bernell Graupmann, mother Anne Marie Finke, step father Leonard Finke.

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