Rita Marie Crook, born Rita M. Rauwald (October 13, 1949 – Feb 5 2011) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the daughter of John and Louella (Saeman) Rauwald.  Rita M. Crook was a loving, faithful wife, devoted grandmother and great grandmother, a loving caring mother to her own children, and countless others who affectionately knew her as “Mama Rita”.  

“Mama Rita” was a gracious, inspirational, and kind-hearted woman that enjoyed impacting others in a positive way.  She was a hard-working professional that wouldn’t accept no for an answer. Her challenges in life defined her as a person.   The #1 quality of a person is often what they learn in a time of challenge rather than their successes and Rita demonstrated this throughout her life. Rita had this unbelievable ability to make people feel warm around her, she loved to talk, and smiled her way through life. For those of you who know her well, you would often hear these words out of her mouth, “just remember there are many people in life that have it far worse than you, and until you live a day in their shoes, don’t pass judgment”.  

 Rita enjoyed the little joys of life  things such as traveling, shopping, motorcycle trips, talking (she could talk the ear off anyone) and being a positive influence in young people’s lives.  She was a spirited and a wonderful inspiration to many during her courageous battle with cancer.  For many of us, we may not understand how difficult this battle truly was for her. What’s amazing is she never once complained or said, why me? She was gracious and thanked god for every day she was given. Many of us know people who have been impacted by this horrible disease, some have lost loved ones and some of us have loved ones that survived.  Rita lost her battle, but she would want all of her loved ones to know that she is watching over them each and every day.


We miss you dearly Momma, and we will continue to live out your legacy every year when we gather to ride, laugh, smile and remember all of the wonderful memories that we each shared with you. We appreciate everything you stood for and we are all proud to say we knew and loved you Mama Rita.

Together we will make a positive impact in the fight to cure this horrible disease, and we will continue to fight in your honor with hope that each new day brings new cures.

“A force of  hundreds with a clear purpose is far greater than a force of millions with no resolve”- Team Rita, 2011

We love and miss you

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Rita’s Ride.com

Welcome to Rita’s Ride.com

Event Date: (Sat) July 30th, 2016


 ($25 Pre-Registered, $35 Day of the ride)