Rita Jo Ann (Coziahr) Rains, 74, of Lakeland, Fla., formerly of Geneseo, died Wednesday, May 22, 2019. A celebration of life in her honor will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9 in the Senior Room at the Geneseo Community Center, 541 E. North St., in Geneseo. Friends and family are invited to come and share their memories.
Rita was born May 27, 1944, in Geneseo, the daughter of Elmer and Florence (Hogan) Coziahr. She married Carl Johnson on March 28, 1959. To this union, three children were born: Carl Jr., Cynthia and Curtis. The couple later divorced. She then married Charles Rains on March 6, 1975. To this union, their son, Bryon Rains, was born.
Rita worked for many years as a third-shift waitress at The Deck Restaurant, in Geneseo. She then went on to earn her CNA and LPN licenses, working extended care at Hammond-Henry Hospital as well as at Trinity Homecare. She volunteered several years as an EMT-I on the Geneseo Ambulance Service. Rita was beloved by many for her devoted caring service as a health care provider.
Charles and Rita were members of the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of the congregation in Geneseo.
Those left to cherish her memory are her husband, Charles; her children, Carl Jr. (Brenda) Johnson, Cindy (Gary) Wilkerson, Curt Johnson (Crissy), Bryon (Jessica) Rains, Bruce (Judeen) Rains and Rhonda (Darci) Rains; brother, Perry (Kay) Coziahr; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Flossie; brother, Rodney Dale Coziahr; and sisters, Anita Wickwire and Millie Cauwels.