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Sr. Rita Rae Burger, OP, dies Print
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Sr. Rita Rae Burger, OP, died December 24, 2018. Her religious name was Sister Raffaello. The funeral Mass was held at the Dominican motherhouse, Sinsinawa, December 31, 2018, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

Sister Rita Rae made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican August 5, 1956, and her perpetual profession August 5, 1959. She taught for 38 years and served in the library/media center for four years, the transportation department for one year, and as support staff for six years. Sister Rita Rae served in Illinois, Montana, Wyoming, California, Minnesota, Washington, and Wisconsin.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Rita Rae served in the transportation department at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1986-1987.

Sister Rita Rae was born April 28, 1933, in Madison, Wis., the daughter of Raphael and Elizabeth (Ryan) Burger. Her parents and three sisters, Betty Dickert, Sabina Wilfur, and Janet Meehan, preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican Sisters with whom she shared 62 years of Religious life.

Memorials may be made to the Sinsinawa Dominicans, 585 Cty Road Z, Sinsinawa, WI, 53824-9701 or online at

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