May 23, 2023 at 8:07 p.m.

Rita I. Solarz

Rita I. Solarz
Rita I. Solarz


The Mass of Christian Burial, celebrating the life of Rita I. (Kroll) Solarz, 88 of Holdingford, was May 17 at All Saints-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Holdingford. 

Rita passed away on Mother’s Day, May 14, 2023, at Mother of Mercy in Albany. 

She was born June 25, 1934, in the St. Wendel Township to Paul and Helen (Masog) Kroll. She married Ted “Teddy” Solarz March 1, 1954, at St. Columbkille Catholic Church in St. Wendel. She spent most of her time in Holdingford. She was a lifelong member of St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church where she prepared the altar clothes, decorated the church and was a cemetery administrator. She was a home maker, day care provider, worked as a school custodial sub, worked at the Holdingford Herald as a type setter and helped Mrs. Kroll cater weddings. Rita was a very active member of the Christian Mothers and Rosary Sodality. She was a member of the Holdingford Legion Auxiliary 0211 since 1965.

Rita is survived by her children Gerald (Jan) Solarz of Rice, Diane (Michael Reget) Solarz of Plymouth, Doris (Roger) Preusser of St. Joseph, Glen (Karen) Solarz of St. Wendel, Donna Mae (Mitchell) Wickstrom of Motley, and Greg Solarz of St. Wendel; her grandchildren, James, Jill, Jennifer, Jeffrey, Jessica, Jenna, Nicole, Ryan, Adam, Sara, Jacob, Joshua, Elizabeth and Rachael; her great-grandchildren, Noah, Zachary, Abigail, Haley, Jaylee, Jackson, Jonah, Lyla, Wade, Hunter, Hazel, Harlie, Brayden and Emory; and many nieces and nephews.

 She is preceded in death by her husband, Ted “Teddy” Solarz; her parents, Paul and Helen (Masog) Kroll; her grandson, Anthony Wickstrom; and her brothers, Theodore, Leo, Aloys, Valentine and Raymond. 

A special thank you to the nursing staff at Albany Mother of Mercy for their exceptional care, especially Grace Court Assisted Living staff. The family would like to thank Helping Hands of Holdingford for their wonderful assistance.

Arrangements were  made by the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home.




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