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Rita Northrup

Rita K. Northrup, 85, transitioned to a higher dimension on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at the Lutheran Home of the Good Shepherd, New Rockford, ND.

Rita was born on July 17, 1937, in Lakota, ND to Beverly Northrup and Thelma (Watson) Northrup.  Rita graduated from Lakota High School in 1955.  In August of 1956 she married Norlin Nelson of Mayville, ND.  They had three children, Roberta, Cory and Nicole.  Rita and Norlin divorced in 1982.

Rita attended UND in Grand Forks, ND, starting in the fall semester of 1984.  She continued on for 11 semesters, working on a double major in BFA and Indian Studies.  Rita married Rex Moore in Fort Totten, ND in December of 1984.  Rex Moore passed in April of 1989.  Rita moved back to New Rockford, ND in July of 1990 and remained there until her passing.

Rita was an incredibly talented and creative individual, a painter, photographer and jewelry artist.  She could do anything she put her mind to.  She had numerous hobbies over the years.

Those who passed on prior to Rita are both sets of grandparents, her parents Beverly and Thelma Northrup, Norlin Nelson and Rex Moore.

Rita is survived by her daughters Roberta (Vernon Houle), Fargo and Nicole (Doug Kartio), Gilbert, AZ, son Cory Nelson (Gayle Klinkhammer), Jamestown and step son Jason Moore, Portland, OR, grandchildren Leah and Alec Nelson, Nastasia and Sage Kartio, sisters Bonnie, Carol, Sue and Gail, all from the Twin Cities.

As per Rita’s wishes there will be no funeral.  A private family Memorial Service will be held at a later date.  Her Burial will be at the Lakota Cemetery.

Posted Condolences:


  1. So sorry to hear this. I had a great time working with Rita, she had a great sense of humor.
    God rest her soul.

  2. Rita was a class mate of mine. She was so talented and funny. Many memories of playing in the trees behind the Roosevelt apartments where Carol Carlson Pagel lived. I was at the swimming pool and we heard all these horns honking and somebody said Mr, Nelson, and Rita Northrup just got married. Whow! our typing teacher. Your talent
    will be missed, as so will you.

  3. When I read Rita’s obituary in the Lakota American, it brought back many great memories of growing up in Lakota – I was closer in age to Sue and Gail – always admiring the Northrop girls beauty, class and sense of humor! – RIP Rita!

  4. Rita was a dear friend with many talents. I will miss our talks and will cherish all the memories I have. Rest in Pease my friend we will meet again.
    I am so sorry for your loss my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. You have my deepest sympathies. I will miss your mom, she was a dear friend, that I met at UND in the jewelry department. We connected on many levels, and she will not be forgotten. I hope to meet you again dear friend.


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