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Jeannette E. Robida

Jeannette E. Robida Jeannette E. Robida


Jeannette Elizabeth Robida, 97, of Dorchester, passed away on March 16, 2020. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford with Rev. Timothy Oudenhoven officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Committal services will be held in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. We are mindful of the ongoing challenges coronavirus is presenting and are advising family and friends that FACE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED for the visitation and funeral. Social distancing procedures will also be in place. We do not want to risk the health and safety of family and friends. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well.

Jeannette was born on Aug. 5, 1922 to Esther and Henry Gebert in the town of Deer Creek in Taylor County. She graduated from Dorchester High School in 1939. Jeannette married John Robida on Sept. 1, 1941 at St. Louis Church in Dorchester. Together they welcomed five children into the world, Karen, Ronald, Gwendolyn, Reginald (deceased soon after birth) and Trude. Her family and her faith were both equally important to Jeannette, as well as her quick wit and her unbelievable ability to recount memories of days gone by. She cherished her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. She was always there with a lending hand, listening ear or a sweet treat. Listening to country music, traveling, playing cards and snow birding in both Texas and Florida were among her favorite hobbies. Jeannette and her husband lovingly welcomed five foreign exchange students into their home over the years. Her career saw her farming, cooking at St. Louis Catholic School, selling Stanley Home Products, pelting mink and even stocking shelves in a grocery store when she was 70+ years old.

Jeannette is survived by her children, Karen (Terry Lamoreux) Apfelbeck of Colby, Ronald (Carol Duvall) Robida of Dorchester, Gwendolyn Harris of Scandinavia and Trude (Tomi) Garguilo of Orlando, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, Jackie (Wayne) Thorson, Jill (Randy) Younker, Jay (Brenda) Apfelbeck, Jody Apfelbeck, Lainie (Jeff) Kellnhofer, Craig (Teri) Robida, Cuyler (Jenny) Robida, Chad (Kim) Robida, Cara (Chris) Boyd, Heather Harris, Heidi (Kurt) Fischer, Erin Harris, Dani Harris (Luke Phillips), Jon (Kealy) Harris, Matthew Flores and Ian Flores; 24 greatgrandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. Jeannette is further survived by her sister, Greta Ross of Neillsville; sister-in-law, Agnes Robida of Stetsonville; and brother-in-law, Peter Wanke of Medford.

Jeannette was proceeded in death by her parents; in-laws, Anton and Mary Robida; her son, Reginald; her husband, John; sons-in-law, Andrew Apfelbeck and Rusty Harris; daughter-in-law, Judy Robida; great-granddaughter, Maeve Robida; her sisters, Lucille Sebold and LuAnne Wanke; brothers, Ray and Clarence Gebert; and many additional brothers and sisters-in law.

Mrs. Robida’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home of Spencer. Please visit to share thoughts and condolences.

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