Marita V. Oberbroeckling, 87, of Algonquin, Ill. and formerly of Dyersville passed away Aug. 12, 2021, at her home.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville. Visitation will continue from 9-10 a.m. Friday morning prior to the funeral mass.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville with burial in the church cemetery. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.
Marita was born to Rudolph and Lidwina (Schmerbach) Henkels on Nov. 12, 1933. She grew up on the family farm near Luxemburg with seven brothers and sisters. After going home from the dances in Guttenburg with Gene and writing love letters, she married her U.S. Army sweetheart on Aug. 20, 1956.
She packed a lot of punch in her 87 years. Looking back, she was a clerk for Sears and Roebuck and secretary at Techny Seminary, an Avon lady, a seamstress of Barbie doll clothes and quilts for the hospital bazaars, a creative for the bibs sold at the Field of Dreams movie site, a cook at the Dyersville hospital and kindergarten, a Girl Scout leader, a bus driver for the Western Dubuque School District, and President of the Dubuque Quilter’s Guild. She also enjoyed being a member of the Auxiliary of the American Legion and singing in the Basilica Resurrection Choir.
Marita became proficient on the computer and utilized email, games and Facebook to keep up with her family and friends, near and far. Perhaps most satisfying were her weekly Euchre games she played online with her dear friends, Vera and Lila, after she moved to Illinois.
She and Gene enjoyed many long winters in Florida, making long-time friends at Strawberry Ridge in Valrico and traveling with Dyersville friends around the country and to Germany. Marita’s pastimes in retirement included quilting, baking for the farmer’s markets, playing many, many games of cards, and working jigsaw puzzles. Soon after Gene passed away, she made the decision to move to a retirement community in Algonquin, IL to be near her children. Clarendale of Algonquin became home to her, and she enjoyed the companionship of new friends. Rest assured, the Bingo jackpot can now be won by others during their weekly games. During the past three years, she was an Ambassador for Clarendale where she served as host for new residents.
What seemed most unusual to her kids once Gene died was her interest in watching the Cubs play, win, and lose on TV. She knew the players, the pitchers, and their place in the standings. Gene probably said ‘atta girl’ as she waltzed through the pearly gates.
Marita is survived by her children: Sandy (Randy) Goerdt, of Algonquin, IL, Sheri (Greg) White of Rockford, IL, Russ (Deanna) Oberbroeckling of Tampa, FL, Doug (Cathy) Oberbroeckling and Ann (Steve) Spoden, both of Crystal Lake, IL; 12 grandchildren: Colin (Sami) and Kyle Goerdt, Joe, Matt and Carrie (Tyler Maggio) White, Kelsey and Hannah Oberbroeckling, Chase (Allyson Walsh) and Morgan Oberbroeckling, Maxwell, Maddie and Carter Spoden; one great grandchild, Ana Goerdt; siblings: Therese (Dan) Engelken, of Dyersville, Pete Henkels and Geny Duehr, both of Dubuque, and Tony Henkels of Cape Coral, FL; in-laws: Clarice (Pete) Domeyer of Dubuque, Angela Kruse Oberbroeckling, Herb Tegeler of Dyersville, and Marge Bowerman of Coal City, Ill., and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gene in 2016; siblings: Bud (Marilyn) Henkels, Tom Henkels and Carrie (Ray) Swingler; in-laws: Don (Charlotte) Oberbroeckling, Doris Tegeler, Betty (Marvin) Olsem, Ralph (Helene) Oberbroeckling, Marge Henkels, Donald Duehr and Judy Henkels.
Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com. Online condolences and memorials may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040.