Rita L. Bellinger

Rita Lynn Bellinger, 65, of Columbia City, IN, and having family in Warren, IN, died Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at her residence.

Mrs. Bellinger was a lifetime Whitley County resident, attended local schools and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1971. She worked in the meat and deli departments at Scott's and then Kroger for more than 30 years. She was a member of American Legion Post 98 Auxiliary.

She was born Nov. 11, 1952, in Fort Wayne, to Thomas J. Sr. and Darlene May Steinbacher Hyser. She married Michael Shawne Bellinger on June 24, 1972, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco, and he survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Robert (Jennifer) Bellinger II and Michael (Theresa) Bellinger Jr., both of Fort Wayne; five sisters, Renee Imbody, of Fort Wayne; Tammey (Dan) Parker, of Hudson; Barbara (Bryan) Bianski, of Churubusco; and Kelly (David) Jost and Annette (Jeff) Krider, both of Columbia City; a brother, Tom Hyser Jr., of Warren; and four grandchildren, Ryan Bellinger, Joshua Bellinger, Rayanna Bellinger and Zachary Bellinger.

A funeral service was held Thursday May 10, 2018, at the DeMoney Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial followed in Leo Memorial Cemetery, Leo, IN.

Memorials are to Parkview Home Health and Hospice.

Online condolences may be sent at demoneygrimes.com.