Rita Hawkins, 1932-2017

Rita F. Hawkins, 85, of LaPorte, Indiana, passed away Monday, November 6, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family. 

She was born July 25, 1932, in LaPorte to Julius and Frances (Wells) Cazmirczak.   

Rita was employed for many years with The Associates Financial Corporation in LaPorte and was co-owner of Hawkins Print Shop in LaPorte. She was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church in LaPorte, where she taught CCD for many years.  She was an avid card player and bridge master. 

On April 18, 1953, Rita Cashmer married Dennis Hawkins, who preceded her in death on March 8, 2017.

Surviving are children, Michael (Janet) Hawkins of Munster, Indiana, Christopher (Jenifer) Hawkins, Gregory (Marjorie) Hawkins, and Kathleen (Dale) Lintner, all of LaPorte, Indiana; grandchildren, Beth (Nick) Koppers, Allison Hawkins, Joel (Erin) Hawkins, Emily (Christian) Eberhart, Adam Hawkins, Ryan (Lauren) Hawkins, Aaron Hawkins, Becca (Matt) Ballman, Heather and Hannah Locke; great-grandchildren, Jackson Koppers, Abram Eberhart, and Samantha Locke; sisters, Rosemary Phillips of Aiken, South Carolina, and Kay Fenn of Columbus, Ohio; and brothers, Tom Cashmer of Crown Point and Robert Cashmer of Las Vegas.  She was preceded in death by siblings, Jack Cashmer and Anne Lenard. 

Visitation will be from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, November 9, at Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, where a Rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, November 10, at St. Peter Catholic Church, LaPorte, with Reverend Ian Williams officiating and Deacon Christopher Hawkins, homilist.   

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter Catholic Church, 1104 Monroe St., LaPorte, IN 46350.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at www.esslingfuneralhome.com.

5 Responses to “Rita Hawkins, 1932-2017”


    Nov 06. 2017

    Sympathy to the family. May the many good times and memory of Rita help you at this difficult time.

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  2. Anna Olson Lenardson/St Peter's

    Nov 07. 2017

    Peace to your mother and to all of you.There are no words to say except PEACE. Keep your memories close to your heart but don’t forget to share them when a feel good moment is needed for your yourselves or a time for guidance/counseling is needed for someone. You have all lived/learned/shared in your Mother’s and Father’s lives, now go and continue living/learning/sharing their lives with others. PEACE

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  3. Jim Lofton

    Nov 07. 2017

    Condlences for the family at this sad time, may she rest in peace.She

    and was married to my cousin Dennis, and they served LaPorte

    community very well.. Kay and Rex Fenn are my high school

    classmates, sorry for your losss, may her memories sustain you.

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  4. Karen Burden

    Nov 07. 2017

    Jim and I are so sorry to learn of your mom’s passing. She was a sweet and lovely person.

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  5. Julie Becknell

    Nov 10. 2017

    So sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. She was a great gal & will be missed. You are in my thoughts & prayers.

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