Story Written by Patrick Knaze
In the heart of Berea, a remarkable woman has not only built a thriving business, but also left an indelible mark on her family and community. Rita Knaze, the matriarch of the Knaze family, is not just a successful entrepreneur, but a beacon of inspiration for her children, grandchildren, and anyone fortunate enough to cross her path.
Rita, widowed since the passing of her beloved husband Frank in 2018, took the reins of her destiny with unwavering determination. Even with Frank by her side, Rita founded her own floor covering company, aptly named Rita’s Facility Services, Inc. The company, a testament to Rita’s entrepreneurial spirit, has become a cornerstone of success in the local business landscape.
What sets Rita apart is not just her professional triumphs, but the familial bonds she has cultivated. While Colleen, Ryan and Patrick are integral parts of her life, Colleen has chosen a different path outside the family business. Ryan and Patrick, however, have become pillars of support, contributing to the growth and success of Rita’s Facility Services, Inc. The business, started with the support of Frank, now stands as a testament to the hard work and dedication instilled by both Rita and her late husband.
Beyond the boardroom, Rita’s generosity knows no bounds. Known for her compassionate nature, she extends a helping hand to anyone in need. This spirit of generosity is not confined to family and friends, but radiates throughout the community.
What adds another layer to Rita’s success story is her astute investment acumen. Owning multiple properties, she has demonstrated financial foresight, expanding her portfolio and securing a stable future for herself and her family.
For Patrick, Rita is more than a successful entrepreneur; she is a source of inspiration. He acknowledges that his mother’s tireless work ethic, strength and dedication to both business and family, with the support of Frank, have been a guiding force in his life. Rita’s lessons in compassion and empathy have shaped Patrick into the person he is today.
In addition to her professional and familial roles, Rita finds joy in the simple pleasures of life. Her love for baking not only delights her family, but also serves as a way to bring joy to others.
With eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, Rita’s legacy extends to the next generations. The values she has imparted – compassion, empathy, strength, hard work, dedication and financial foresight – are the pillars upon which the Knaze family stands.
Moreover, Rita’s commitment to her grandchildren’s future shines through her support for Kayla and Korrine’s golf aspirations. Providing them with the necessary equipment, she played a pivotal role in Kayla’s journey, making her the lone freshman on the high school golf team (Magnificat Blue Streaks) in 2023. Kayla’s exceptional contribution led to the school’s highest finish ever in the state championship with a runner-up position.
Patrick humbly acknowledges that he owes everything to his parents, expressing a sentiment shared by his siblings and the entire Knaze family. As Rita Knaze continues to inspire with her resilience, generosity, unwavering commitment and business acumen, her story becomes a beacon of hope and motivation for all who strive to turn dreams into reality.