Rita Ontis

Alton |

Rita F. Ontis, 61, passed away Sunday, November 28, 2021, at St. Anthony Health Care in Alton.

Rita was born September 5, 1960, in Highland, IL, the daughter of Marion and Catherine (Taylor) Graham. She married Michael Ontis on February 28, 1976, in Edwardsville and he preceded her in death on April 11, 2002.

Rita's greatest joy was spending time with her grandkids.

She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Ontis of Granite City; four siblings and their spouses, Helen and Jimmy Turner of Mississippi, Andy Graham of E. Alton, Sue Kizer of E. Alton, and John and Sherrie Graham of Eldred; two grandchildren, Nikolas Turnbaugh and Kristopher Turnbaugh; her dog, Bella; and many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Michael; she is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Brad; and a brother-in-law, Jim Kizer.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 2, 2021, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Elias, Kallal, and Schaaf Funeral Home in Alton.

Funeral services will take place Friday, December 3, 2021, at 11:00 am in the funeral home chapel.

Burial will take place in St. James Cemetery in Edwardsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Online condolences and guestbook may be found at

Obit Provided By:
Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home

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