1922-2013



Rita Veronica (Balk) Gilbert, 91, of San Diego, Calif., died Saturday, June 8, 2013, in San Diego.

She was born March 4, 1922, in Willey, Iowa, to Michael Balk and Catherine (Venteicher) Balk.

She married Lawrence Gilbert on April 6, 1940, in Willey.

She is survived by her sons Gary Gilbert and wife Jo-Ann of San Diego and Jim Gilbert and wife Cindy of San Diego; a daughter Joyce and husband Max Morris of San Diego; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Al Soldin of Long Beach, Calif., and Delores Johnson of Fort Dodge, Iowa; and daughter-in-law, Vicki Gilbert of San Diego.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Gilbert; a son, Larry Gilbert; her sisters Claira (Balk) Kasperbauer, Anna (Balk) Kerper, Philomena (Balk) Hofbauer, Gertrude (Balk) Olerich, Elenore (Balk) Pudenz, Bernice (Balk) Olerich, Evelyn (Balk) Olerich and Cleo (Balk) Soldin; and her brothers Hilbert H. Balk and Clem Balk.