St. Rita Chapel at Clark Lake

For decades, St. Rita Chapel stood near Kentucky Point. Today St. Rita’s is located on the southwest corner of Jefferson and Hayes Roads.

In 1968 Margaret Bendele bought the original wooden structure and had it moved.  In this video she tells the story of how this happened.

Linda Reynolds remembers Margaret Bendele as a true historian who worked at St. Joseph’s Shrine for many years until she retired.  Margaret passed away last winter.  The building still exists–it’s located behind the Lake Columbia Homeowner’s Association.

The story of St. Rita’s is recalled fondly in several places on this website.  One of them is Larry Ryan’s My Clark Lake Story.

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