Rita Tidd, 82 of Fargo, died Saturday, June 6, 2009 at her home in Fargo.
Rita was born to Aloysius “Al” and Eleanor (Snyder) Stoiber on March 31, 1927 in Buffalo, NY. She attended St. Anne’s Parochial School and graduated from East High School in Buffalo. She worked part-time at Sears & Roebucks during high school and took a full time position upon graduation as a sales clerk. Her future husband, Robert F. Tidd, also worked there. They married on November 27, 1947 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY. After Robert obtained his degree at Canisius College, he was hired as a math instructor there. As he continued his education, Rita was a homemaker and stay-at-home mom. In 1965 Robert was approached to join the faculty at NDSU and he told Rita, “Don’t worry, it’s one chance in a million.” Robert was offered the position of Chair of the Math Department and they moved to Fargo in July of 1966. Rita didn’t want to move initially, but when they finally found their home in north Fargo, she was convinced and has lived in the same house ever since. Bob died on February 9, 1979. Rita started working at Ben Franklin Variety Store as a cashier in September of 1979. She retired in 2001 after working 22 years.
Rita always enjoyed sewing and was an excellent cook. Family celebrations and holidays were always of utmost importance to Rita because they were an opportunity to spend time with children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Robert Tidd, Jr. (June) of Diamondale, MI, Rosemary Berg (Tom) of Fargo, ND, Ronald Tidd (Nancy) of Fargo, ND, Rosalind Herold (Bruce) of Fargo, ND, Roger Tidd of Fargo, ND, Raymond Tidd (Sonja) of Verona, WI, Richard Tidd (Kelly) of Bismarck, ND; daughter-in-law, Kitti Tidd of Fargo; 14 grandchildren; 9 great grand children; siblings, Dorothy Bartels (Don) of Clarence Center, NY, Delores Olear of Tonawanda, NY, Marlene Hearn, of Tonawanda, NY and Ann Martin of Clarence, NY.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Marie Johler and by her granddaughter, Jessica Tidd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the Robert F. Tidd Scholarship Fund at NDSU.
Visitation: Friday, June 12 from 5-7 pm at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo and also
One hour prior to Mass at the church on Saturday.
Prayer Service: Friday at 7:00 pm at the funeral home.
Funeral Mass: Saturday, June 13 at 10:30 am at Church of the Holy Spirit, Fargo.
Interment: Holy Cross North Cemetery, Fargo.
Arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.