Rita A. Beard
Rita A. Beard

MONROEVILLE, Ind. - Rita A. Beard, 82, of Monroeville, Allen County, Ind., a resident of the Monroeville area since 1952, died at 3:10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Kingston Residence in Ft. Wayne, Ind.

She was born Feb. 5, 1930, in Miami, Fla., to the late Fred Thor and Edna (Alfather) Thor.

She married Robert O. Beard on June 30, 1951, in Middlebury, Ohio. He passed away on July 29, 2011.

Rita was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 420. She was a graduate of Wren High School Class of 1950.

Rita was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters: Linda Sue Scott of New Haven, Ind., Joyce Ann (Dan) Bouman of Clinton Township, Mich., Jeanne Marie (Rich) Tobias of Decatur, Ind., Laurie Ellen Merz (Mark Sharpe) of Monroeville; sister: Anita (Patrick) Moreland of Ft. Myers, Fla.; eight grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a twin brother, Fred Thor Jr.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in the Zwick and Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville. Chaplain Karen Kosberg will officiate. Burial will be in Monroeville Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in the funeral home's Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville, and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Monroeville Fire Dept. or Monroeville EMS.

For complete obituary information and to sign the on-line guestbook, visit www.zwickjahn.com.