Mary Rita Cotter Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away October 6, 2006, Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Mary Rita was born in Petoskey, Michigan on March 25, 1925, the sixth child of German immigrants Johannes and Anna Hegener of Oberhausen, Germany. Predeceased by husband Timothy (Ted) and daughter Mary Anne, she is survived by sons Timothy, Daniel, Michael, Patrick, John, Paul, son-in law John Hyche, daughters-in-law Linda, Teresa, Colleen, Denise, Mary, Elizabeth, thirteen grandchildren, brothers Rev. Wilbert Hegener O.F.M., Wilbert G. Hegener, brother-in-law Msgr. Patrick D. Cotter and numerous nieces and nephews. Mary Rita was a remarkable woman. She obtained her degree in nursing in 1946 and distinguished herself as a surgical nurse. In 1949 she moved to California to work at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. Shortly thereafter, she met her beloved Timothy "Ted" Cotter, whom she wed in 1951. The couple moved to Rancho Palos Verdes in 1961 and was among the founding families of St. John Fisher Parish. Mary Rita also participated in the Social Service Auxiliary and Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher. She also assisted Ted as he established the family business. They traveled extensively, developing a fondness for Ted's native Ireland as their favorite destination. Mary Rita possessed a quiet strength and deep commitment to her Catholic faith, drawing on both as she faced the challenges of raising a large family. She cherished the 53 years of marriage she shared with her husband Ted, and delighted in the birth of each of her 7 children and 13 grandchildren. Mary Rita was dearly loved by her family and friends, and will be greatly missed. A rosary will be held Thursday, October 12, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. at St. John Fisher Church, 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. The funeral mass will be Friday, October 13, 2006 at 11:00 a.m., also at St. John Fisher Church. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Mary Rita's beloved daughter Mary Anne Hyche for breast cancer research to USC/Norris Cancer Center, 1441 Eastlake Avenue, Room 800, Los Angeles, CA 90089-9181, (323) 865-0700,

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