Rita Marie Urbanek

Rita Marie Urbanek

Rita Marie Urbanek


Rita Marie Urbanek, 97, of Marion, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, at her home. In agreement with her wishes, cremation has taken place. A funeral liturgy outside of Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at Murdoch Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Marion. Deacon Jeff Volker will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Following


inurnment, a celebration of Rita’s life will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, at the Marion American Legion Post 298, located at 625 31st St., Marion.

Rita was born on Aug. 3, 1925, in Seattle, Wash., the daughter of Elton and Edna (Seeks) Remington. She grew up in Linn County, Iowa, and graduated from Marion High School. Rita was united in marriage to John C. Urbanek in 1946. To this union two children were born, Christine and Ed. Rita and John divorced in 1958. Rita was formerly employed at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids for 28 years. She loved cooking, dancing, crafting, playing cards and traveling. Rita was a stubborn woman, a wonderful mother and a loving grandmother, and was passionate about her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Rita is survived and lovingly remembered by her daughter, Christine (Rod) Thompson of Marion, Iowa; son, Ed (Judi) Urbanek of North Fort Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Nikki Meister, Lisa (James) McManis and Tom (Sara) Urbanek; and known as “GG” to her four great-grandchildren, Hayden and Nathan Meister, and Courtney and Emily Urbanek. She is also survived by a host of extended family members including Jim Marsh’s family, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elton and Edna Remington; brother, Elton Remington Jr.; sister, Barbara Baker; one nephew, Michael Baker; and her special friend of 30 years, Jim Marsh.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Rita’s memory may be made to the family and will be donated to various foundations that were instrumental in assisting in Rita’s medical needs the past several years.

Please share a memory of Rita at www.murdochfuneralhome.com under obituaries.

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