Rita Josephine Schmoker

OSWEGO — Rita Josephine (Vogel) Schmoker, 91, of Tulsa passed away at her home at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Rita was born in rural Parsons on Dec. 24, 1929, to the union of Leo Anthony and Kathryn Elizabeth (O’Hara) Vogel. She graduated from Parsons High School with the Class of 1947 and later graduated with an associate degree in business from Parsons Junior College in 1949. Two weeks after completing her degree, she began working as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell, a position she held for 15 years.

She married John W. Schmoker at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Parsons on Oct. 27, 1951. She later worked with her husband at the John W. Schmoker Insurance Office for 10 years before retiring in 1974.

Rita was a member of Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego and also held various officer positions in a number of organizations, including the Oswego Arts Club, the Mother of God Altar Society and the Cub Scouts as a leader and Boy Scouts as an assistant scoutmaster. Her hobbies included working with stained glass, reading about history, playing bridge and sewing.

Survivors include two sons, Sid L. Schmoker (Angela) of Catoosa, Oklahoma, and Stuart M. Schmoker (Andrea) of Castle Pines, Colorado; six grandchildren; a great-grandchild; and a brother, Dr. John Vogel (Martha) of Norman, Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Kathryn; her husband, John; two brothers, Bill Vogel and Thomas Vogel; a sister, Mary Smith; and a granddaughter, Olivia Schmoker.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mother of God Catholic Church in Oswego. The Rev. Larry Parker will officiate. Burial will be at Oswego Cemetery. The rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m. Friday at the church followed by visitation, which will end at 8 p.m. Per state requirements and at the request of church officials, wearing of masks and social distancing will be practiced at all scheduled events.

Arrangements are under the direction of Derfelt Funeral Home of Oswego.

Memorials may be made to Mother of God Catholic Church in care of the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.derfeltfuneralhomes.com.

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