Rita J. Hedman

July 11, 1931April 5, 2021

Rita J. Hedman, 89, of Livonia, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021. Rita was born on July 11, 1931 in Alexandria, South Dakota, the youngest of five children born to George and Nora Mowry. After high school graduation she learned to be an X-ray Technician and relocated first to Mitchell, South Dakota and later to Evanston, Illinois. It was in Evanston that she met her future husband, Curtis H. Hedman. They married on August 31, 1957. Her husband's work took the family to Maryland, and in 1969 to Detroit. They raised their family of four boys in Livonia. Rita kept beautiful flower gardens and was known for her cooking excellence. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and grandmother. Family was "everything" to Rita.

Mrs. Hedman is survived by her sons, Steve (Barbara), Howard, Brian (Ellen), and Charles (Pamela); grandchildren, Olivia, Eric, Christian, Casey. Rita was also survived by many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Rita was pre-deceased by her siblings, Robert Mowry, Virginia Boling, Phyllis Peters, and George Mowry.

Family and friends may visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11:00 a.m. on Friday - April 9, 2021 at St. Edith Catholic Church, 15089 Newburgh Rd, Livonia, MI 48154. A procession to Glen Eden Cemetery for burial will immediately follow Mass.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Parkinson's Foundation 1359 Broadway, Ste 1509, New York, NY 10018 ( or Meals on Wheels c/o The Senior Alliance 5454 Venoy Rd. Wayne, MI 48184 (

Please share a memory of Rita or condolences with her family at her online guest book below.


  • Visitation at Church

    Friday, April 9, 2021

  • Mass of the Resurrection

    Friday, April 9, 2021


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william (bill) peters

April 10, 2021

A great lady who will be missed. I'm sure she was my godmother at my baptism (1950) and Carly Stoltz was my godfather. All the children of George and Nora Mowry are now again (with their spouces) together again! Bet they can make a party of it. Great memories, think of them often!!!

Kevin & Laura Boling

April 9, 2021

Our thoughts prayers go out to your family. Aunt Rita was a sweetheart. She made “Cheesy Potatoes” one time when she was visiting California. Now every time we have a family brunch my kids have to have “Aunt Rita’s Cheesy Potatoes”. It’s a great memory.

All the Best
Kevin, Laura, Ashley, Steven, Clayton & Kelli

Brett Hedman

April 9, 2021

Sorry to hear of the families loss....Aunt Rita was one of the most pleasant and loving people I have ever met. Always warm and welcoming to me and my family when we visited, even when us boys got a little rambunctious!!! A life well lived, giving me and many warm memories. May your family rest with the knowledge that you were blessed to have such a great mom, and grandmother!
Cuz Brett :)

Mark and Paula Mowry

April 9, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Rest in peace, Aunt Rita

Monte Mowry

April 7, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers to the family she will be missed.

Monte and Nancy