In Memory of Rita Huber Erbe

Debbie Dee let us know that Tom Huber’s mother. Rita passed away recently. Tom has given us permission to post her obituary as a tribute to her life. Please remember Tom and his family in whatever way is right for you.

Rita Huber Erbe, 93, of North Liberty, died Saturday, May 27, 2017, at the Bird House, Hospice Home of Johnson County, Iowa City, surrounded by her family. A gathering and celebration of Rita’s life will be from 5 to 8 p.m. June 28 at the Kirkwood Room in Iowa City. A private family burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mercy Hospital Foundation, the Mercy Hospice Unit or the Bird House in Iowa City.

Rita was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Cresco, Iowa, the daughter of Patrick and Eva O’Brien. She graduated from Lawler High School. She married Donald Huber on Aug. 18, 1941. They had three sons together, Terry, Tim and Tom Huber. Don died in 1968. She married Fred Erbe on July 23, 1976 in Iowa City.

Rita loved big band music and enjoyed playing the piano while entertaining friends, dental students and family throughout the years. She was a member of St. Mary’s Church.

Survivors include her husband, Fred; and her sons, Terry and his wife, Diane, of Alexandria, Va., Tim and his wife, Barb, of Fruit Port, Mich., and Tom and his wife, Anna, of Barrington, Ill. She also is survived by five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Donald Huber; and her brother, Joseph O’Brien.

The family would like to thank the Bird House and its staff of caregivers for the wonderful care and love provided in Rita’s final days.
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