Mt. Vernon Register-News

April 30, 2013

Rita Compton

The Register-News

---- — Former Mt. Vernon resident, Rita Mary Compton, 92, passed away peacefully April 17, 2013, at Good Samaritan Society Scandia Village Skilled Care Center, Sister Bay, Wis.She was born Nov. 18, 1920, in Appleton, Wis., to George and Lucy (Esdepsky) Laux. She grew up in Menasha, Wis., the eldest of seven children. On Sept. 20, 1943, she married Charles (Bus) Compton, the southern Illinois sailor she met at a USO dance in Milwaukee. They resided in Mt. Vernon, her husband's hometown. She worked as a bookkeeper, retiring from General Motors Acceptance Corp.Charles, a retired Mt. Vernon fireman, died in 1980. In 1984, Rita moved to Milwaukee to be near her family. In 2003, she relocated to an apartment in Scandia Village, following the move her daughter and son-in-law, Mary Beth and Frank Dale Murphy, made a few years earlier to Ellison Bay. For the past 3.5 years, Rita has been a resident in the skilled care center.Rita was an accomplished embroiderer, both needlepoint and cross-stitch. She was a member of Stella Maris Catholic Church, Sister Bay. In Mt. Vernon, she was a parishioner at St. Mary's Catholic Church.In addition to Mary Beth, now of Egg Harbor, survivors include two grandchildren, Shannon (Joseph) Haberli, Egg Harbor and Sean (Crystal) Murphy, Columbus, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Shayna and Joey Haberli, Egg Harbor and Jackson Angel White, Columbus; a brother; and two sisters. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Drew Murphy; son-in-law, Dale Murphy; three brothers; two sisters-in-law; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Guy and Mary Compton.A mass of Christian burial was held April 22, 2013, at Stella Maris Catholic Church. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Mt. Vernon with Father Dale Maxfield officiating. The family is asking that any memorial donations be given to Good Samaritan Society Scandia Village Building Fund, 10560 Applewood Rd., Sister Bay, WI 54234-9051. Condolences may be offered at arrangements are in the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit for further information and to send condolences.