Oehler Funeral Home

2099 Miner Street, Des Plaines, IL


Rita Louise Bottom

January 30, 1931January 10, 2020

Rita L. Bottom age 88, formerly of Morton Grove, IL. Loving wife of the late William A. Bottom. Beloved mother of Jill (Warren) Dunn, and David Bottom. Proud grandmother of Andrew (Morgan) Dunn, and Amy Dunn. Ecstatic great-grandma of Raegan Faith Dunn. She attended Luther High School and graduated from Valparaiso University. Rita never met anyone she didn’t like. She was adored by everyone she met. She had the ability to make it feel like you’ve known her your whole life, even if you’ve just met. Rita spent her life helping others and volunteering for more organizations than there is time in a day. She worked in the library at Golf Schools District 67, volunteered at Notre Dame High School and Seabury Western Seminary, and she was on the alter guild at St. Augustine’s and Martin’s Churches just to name a few. Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at St. Martin's Episcopal Church 1095 E. Thacker St., in Des Plaines at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to Notre Dame High School, Seabury Western Seminary, or St Martin’s Episcopal Church. For more information please call (847) 824-5155 or oehlerfuneralhome.com


25 January

Memorial Mass

11:00 am

St. Martin's Episcopal Church

1095 E. Thacker St.
Des Plaines, IL 60016


Rita Louise Bottom

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Barbara Bennett

January 22, 2020

Rita. and Bill were our dear friends and travel companions. We went to Russia together, as well as several trips to Hamburg, Germany where we met Rita's cousins and families. As an organist, I subbed for Bill at St. Martin's and St. Augustine's. I will always remember get-togethers at their lovely home in Morton Grove.

Blessings to Rita's family, both here and in Germany-- with love from Barbara Bennett

Harlan G Weinberger

January 19, 2020

A little background to follow here. Thank you in advance for reading here. So, David L. Bottom and I met for the first time a little more than forty three years ago. 1976 was the year. We both were drawn to an aviation specialty school in Cahokia IL., a college with our love and intrigue of airplanes. Soon after our magnetic, and long time friendship blossomed from the days of this college’s academics and flying, I was quickly invited to David’s family’s home in the Chicago suburbs. This is the beginning where his mother Rita and father Bill, and sister Jill (even Jill’s dog BJ - although snarling at me at the time) had thoroughly welcomed me with “open arms” and a smiling, loving, but genuinely caring kind and generous heart. Whether it was celebrating the Christmas season holidays or just over to the Bottom’s lovely home to just shoot the breeze at anytime of the year, Rita always had a warm hug, an affectionate infectious smile, and a genuine interest in persons other than herself. She gave so unselfishly to so many, that the sincerity was unlike any other person I have ever met in my entire life. You’d never go hungry in her home! She would see to it there was always not only a home made plate of food for you, but gourmet quality food that you would never ever go away unsatisfied. When I speak of NOT being unsatisfied, it wasn’t only just the food, it was the better feeling that you had in the company of such wonderful decent human beings this world has had such as the Bottoms. May the heavens above adorn and appreciate the beautiful woman, Rita L Bottom they now have. For she will never be forgotten. At least in my own heart. The positive impact that she has made on my family’s life. She also will always be known to me as ”Ma Bottom”. She was truly like a second mother towards me. I weep now, however one day in the future, I will carry a smile on my face. Thoroughly immersed in all of the wonderful memories of this terrific wonderful human being.

Caroline Rawa

January 15, 2020

I will always remember your Mom walking past our house on her way to work. She was just one of the nicest people you could ever want to meet and we were fortunate to know her as a neighbor. May her memory be a blessing to all who knew her.