Rita Marliss Waitt, 91. of Noblesville and formerly of Sheridan, passed away surrounded by her family on Tuesday evening, July 3, 2018 at Riverview Health in Noblesville.

Born Sept. 6, 1926 in Berlin, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Frederich H. and Frieda Lina (Harenburg) Piper.

She spent her high school years in Germany and would remain in the country until World War II. It was during the war that she met and fell in love with a young Unites States soldier named Ralph Waitt. When his tour of duty ended, he returned back to the states to save up enough money to purchase a round-trip ticket for her to come to the United States. During those years it was customary for the government to mandate the purchasing of round-trip tickets in these cases. It acted as a crude but helpful safety net in case young ladies did not like living in America and wanted to return home. In Rita and Ralph's case however, love won out. They were married on March 13, 1948.

Mrs. Waitt was active in the German Club, helping other immigrants meet and socialize. She was also a member of the Lutheran Faith, being baptized in the church while still living in Germany. She was a very quiet and unassuming person, never raising her voice in anger. She loved to sew and watch old movies. She had a very competitive spirit, especially when it came to playing Bingo. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, or any kind of puzzles for that matter.

Mrs. Waitt worked for many years as a machinist for Biddle Manufacturing in Sheridan and would eventually retire from the company. She loved her family very much.

Survivors include her son, Ronald (Candi) Waitt of Noblesville; two daughters, Mira (Steve) Barrick of Sheridan and Marcia Waitt-Gascho of Noblesville; five grandchildren, Angie (Andy) Brockett, Christy (Jamie) Todd, Heather (Mike) Gunn, Stacy (Mathew) McGraw and Ryan (Kristen) Barrick; nine great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Colin, Brooklyn, Ava, Drew, Olyvia, Mallory, Henry and Maren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ralph Waitt on July 23, 1977; her second husband, Albert Buzan; and by her infant son.

Graveside services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. Pastor Jim Dillinger will be officiating. Family and friends may pay their respects from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at Kercheval Funeral Home, 306 E. 10th St. in  Sheridan.

Memorial contributions may be presented to the Alzheimer's Association.