Rita Pecher left her children a legacy of faith and love of learning, daughter Debbie Rohling said.
“She was devoted to her family and wanted her kids to be successful, making sure we all went to college,” Rohling said. “She was right there when we all graduated and happy for us.”
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Pecher, 76, of Sun City West, Ariz., and formerly of Hammond and Gary, was a devoted Christian. She felt it was important to pass her faith to her children.
“Her family was the most important thing in her life along with their Christian upbringing,” Rohling said.
Pecher sang in her church’s choir and was on its board of education.
“She was adamant about making sure everyone got a Christian upbringing like her children did,” Rohling said.
Pecher worked for Walgreens as a bookkeeper and later retired from State Farm Insurance after 25 years.
“At State Farm she liked meeting new people,” Rohling said. “She was people oriented and had an easy time talking to everyone.”
Pecher learned to play golf during retirement, enjoying it and traveling the world with her second husband, Wayne, who survives.
She was married to Wayne Pecher 15 years and to her first husband, Raymond Ball, for 38 years before he died in 1994.
Rohling said her mother taught her children to help others.
“She taught us to serve others and to always put others first,” Rohling said.
Rohling said she will miss her mother’s laughter and how she made time with her family a priority.
“She made the holidays special with her foods and her desserts,” Rohling said. “I remember at Christmas time when we kids spent every night making cookies. She would put them out Christmas Eve and by New Year’s they were all gone.”