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Rita Hart dies at age 92
Updated on: 02.12.12

Rita Hart, 92, a former shopkeeper and holder of a "key to Nashville," died Saturday morning.

Hart, a native of Terre Haute, moved to Brown County in 1964 with her husband, Jack. Jack had been diagnosed with cancer and wanted to spend his final days near the water; they settled at Lake LaSalle. Those final days of his stretched for more than 30 years. During that time, the couple operated a Baskin-Robbins ice cream store, the Bit-O-Norway store and Pewter Palace in downtown Nashville.

Jack passed away in 1993.

Rita was honored with a key to the town at her 90th birthday party in 2009.

Rita has been active in many community causes, including those supporting education, the arts and social services. She was a member of the Brown County Rotary Club. She also reigned as queen of the inaugural Flavors of Mardi Gras festival last February.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Rita Hart is crowned queen of the Flavors of Mardi Gras fundraiser by King Jim Simms in this February 2011 file photo.

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