Mary “Rita” Priebe
Sunday, February 12, 1933
Date of Death:
Thursday, January 30, 2020
86 years old
Mary “Rita” Priebe
Mary “Rita” Priebe, 86 of Rochester, MN, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Cottagewood Senior Communities.
Rita was born February 12, 1933, in Chatfield, MN to parents Joseph and Arden (Wooldridge) Grubb. She grew up on a family farm outside of Chatfield. She married Harold Priebe on November 4, 1950. The couple moved to Rochester in 1961 and raised their four sons.
Rita was employed by the Kahler Hotel and IBM, retiring in 1995 after a 16 year career with IBM.
Rita was known as a great cook and baker, most famous for her carrot cake and homemade bread. She hosted many family dinners and bbqs and attended countless football, baseball, basketball and soccer games for her sons and grandchildren, cheering and bouncing on the sidelines. She loved tending her flower and vegetable gardens. A beloved mother and grandmother, she touched many lives with her loving care and affection.
She is survived by her sons: Daniel Priebe of Arizona, Douglas (Brenda) Priebe of Rochester, Steven (Belinda) Priebe of Rochester, Joseph (Danette) Priebe of Cedar Falls, IA; grandchildren: Jason Priebe, Jeffrey Priebe, Jaclyn Meeker, Patrick Priebe, Michael Priebe, Molly Matusiewicz, Ashley Priebe, Nicholas Priebe, Clare Roney, Sarah Sievers Rowland, Stacy Paulson, Zach Messerschmidt, Conner Messerschmidt; 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Kay (John) Miller of Chatfield, Holly Grubb of Rochester; brothers: George (Kitty) Grubb and Kerby Grubb of Rochester.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and spouse, Harold.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rochester, with Rev. Ben Loos officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at the Chatfield Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Cottagewood Senior Communities or Heartland Hospice. The amazing staff touched her life as well as our entire family with their loving care and calm guidance as we stepped through her final earthly days. “Mom, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” ~ Your loving family.
The family of Mary “Rita” Priebe has received the following condolences.
To Doug and Family,
Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family on the passing of your mother. We fondly remember and reminisce the time when we were neighbors to Rita and your late father, Harold. Good People!
Thinking of the family at this time sorry for the Lose of your mother grandmother and sister.
Wish we could have made it to the funeral but we were out of town. Our deepest sympathies go out to the entire family. Hold on to the memories.
So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother. It’s never easy to lose one’s “Mom!” May you all be Blessed with much love, wonderful memories and healing! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time! Take care and God Bless!
My condolences to Doug and family on your Mother’s passing. May she rest in pease.
Dear Doug and Brenda,
My condolences to you and your family on the loss of you mother. I knew Rita from her days at IBM. Sorry for your loss.
Ted and Cindy Jensen
Dear Rita- May you dance with the angels and find your blessed peace with Our Lord. We love you. Bob and Jeanne Vehrenkamp