Rita Zerr

Rita (Burkhart) Zerr, age 86, passed away June 14, 2020 in Garden City, Kansas.


Born and raised on the family farm near Hanston Kansas, Rita grew up with a legacy of love, kindness and self-worth to pass on to future generations.  She graduated from Sacred Heart College and moved to Garden City in 1953 where she taught second grade at St. Mary School until she married Martin Zerr in 1954.  During their 40 year marriage, they raised eight children.


A busy wife, mother and volunteer, Rita played the organ and lead choirs at St. Mary and St. Dominic parishes for over 30 years.  Rita and her husband Martin owned Zerr Construction and Zerr Canvas Shop.  She then went on to become a Jafra cosmetics manager and worked for the Garden City Chamber, H&R Block and Tatro Plumbing, and ended her working career by delivering meals to seniors with Meals on Wheels.


Rita is survived by her children:  Steve and Shelley Zerr, Tina and Danny Powell, Kathy and Ken Roberts, Carol Wigner, Mike Zerr, Mary and James Gaul, Suzanne and Jim Oakley; a sister Marge Conell; nine grandchildren: Jarrod Zerr, Jonathan Wigner, Mallory Wigner, Madison Naab, Marcus Naab, Jordan Oakley, David Oakley, Kelsey Gaul, Natalie Gaul and her seven great grandchildren.


She is preceded in death by her daughter Martha Naab, her parents, Pete and Mary, and six of her seven siblings.


We will celebrate Rita’s life together Thursday, June 18th at St. Mary’s Parish. Rosary at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., open to everyone, followed by a private family interment at Valley View Cemetery.


Memorial donations may be made to The Daughters of Isabella, Chapter #781, and condolence cards for the family can be sent in care of Garnand Funeral Home, 412 N. Seventh St, Garden City, Ks. 67846.  Condolences may also be given at garnandfuneralhomes.com.