“Thank you for the thoughtful poem and forget-me-not seeds. I will plant them in my garden if it ever gets warm enough. What a great idea.
— A. W.
Rita G. Harvard
June 28, 1929 - June 15, 2012
Rita Fredenhagen Harvard, of Naperville, IL at rest peacefully on Friday, June 15, 2012 at her home with her family at her side after a long struggle with COPD, lung disease. Born June 28, 1929 in Aurora, IL the daughter of the late Walter and Grace Fredenhagen and was a lifelong resident of Naperville taking out 4 years to attend Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL earning a BS degree in Biology and teaching 2 years in Dixon, IL. While at Monmouth College she was inducted into the Mortar Board Honor Society.
Rita is survived by her loving husband John Harvard of 31 years, daughters Susan (Keith) Kroskoz, Jodie (Dave) Anderson and son Tom (Laura) Castagnoli, step daughters, Kelly (Dean) Pelland and Kerry (Preston) Irwin, eight grandchildren, one great-grandson, six step grandchildren and three step-great-granddaughters and a brother Ted Fredenhagen of Amboy, IL. Rita was preceded in death by her parents, an infant brother, James Fredenhagen, a sister Jeanne Fredenhagen Moen and step-son Kent Harvard.
Rita enjoyed being involved in the community starting with teaching Sunday School at Grace United Methodist church for 12 years and served 6 years as the Sunday School Superintendent. Rita was proud to have been part of a three member steering committee that planned and designed the Grace United Methodist Church Building. She was the secretary/treasurer for the Prince Castles/Cock Robin Companies from 1972 - 1985 then at the Naperville Creamery Co. from 1985 to 2000. Rita volunteered at Edward Hospital as a member of the Institutional Review Board for 10 years. Over the course of Rita's life she received many awards, including The Gael Swing Award of Meritorious Service from North Central College for involvement as a trustee for 28 years, the Heritage Society Hall of Honor, the Naperville chapter of the A.A.U.W. "Woman of the Year" and the DuPage County YWCA Outstanding Woman of the Year. The Jaycees and the Chamber of Commerce awarded her with their Lifetime Achievement Awards. She served as the first woman president of the Rotary Club of Naperville and was selected as Rotarian of the Year. As grand Marshall of the Labor Day Parade she shared that honor with her co-chairman as they planned and oversaw the year long Spirit of Naperville Campaign. Rita was selected to be included in the Marquis Who's Who of American Women. As a member of the Fire and Police Board of Commissioners for 8 years, she found this service to the City of Naperville one of her most rewarding.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to North Central College, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville, IL 60540 or Naperville Heritage Society, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540 or Grace United Methodist Church Foundation, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, IL 60540
Visitation Tuesday, June 19, 2012 from 3:00 - 8:00 PM at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Naperville, IL. Services Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road, Naperville, IL with a visitation starting at 10:00 AM and a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. Interment at Naperville Cemetery, Naperville, IL.