Rita Shebel

PORTAGE – Rita Shebel, age 88, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Divine Savior Healthcare Hospital in Portage.

Rita was born on November 20, 1928, the daughter of Jerome and Josephine (Briese) Verhasselt in Wrightstown, where she also married her husband of 64 years, Daniel Shebel.  Rita and Daniel owned and operated the Sunset Motel in Portage for over 30 years.  She enjoyed crafting; working with ceramics, decoupage, knitting and needle point.  Rita was very active, socializing, playing golf and bowling.  Throughout her life she enjoyed traveling with her husband.            

Rita is survived by her husband, Daniel; her children, Christopher Shebel, Tim (Diana) Shebel and Dan Shebel; her siblings, Joan Eckert, and Zita Wessa; her sisters-in-law, Loretta and Helen Verhasselt, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Orlo, Basil, Leo and Jack, her sister, Mary, her sister-in-law, Millie Verhasselt, her brothers-in-law, Alan Wessa, “Buck” Eckert and Wayne Thiede.  

A private Memorial Mass will be held at Tivoli.  The Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage is assisting the family.






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