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Rita A. Columbe, age 88, of Miamisburg, Ohio, passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017. Born Aug. 3, 1929, she was a daughter to the late August and Matilda (Harting) Ferdelman. Rita worked many years as a bookkeeper and retired from the City of Dayton. She enjoyed reading, the outdoors, and spending time with family. She was a loving mother, wife, grandmother and sister. She will be missed by all who knew her. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister Delores Romie.
Survived by her husband of 64 years, Thomas Columbe, whom she married on May 23, 1953; children Frank and Jill Columbe of Dayton, Ohio; Bill and Tammy Columbe of New Lebanon, Ohio; Bernie Columbe and Wendy Niederlander of Farmersville, Ohio; Therese Columbe and James Wilder of Miamisburg, Ohio; Marilyn and Tony Wyatt of West Carrollton, Ohio: 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings Mary Szanto of Dayton; Frank Ferdelman of Union, Ohio; Elizabeth (Linus) Fiely of Alabama; brother-in-law Don Romie of Dayton; as well as many more friends and family members.
Friends may call on the family from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 10, at the Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center @ PMG - 3377 US RT 35 E, West Alexandria, OH 45381- Funeral service to follow at 1 p.m., Pastor Keith Gebhart presiding. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and/or Hospice of Dayton. Burial Preble Memory Gardens. Online sympathies www.rlcfc.com.
Published on October 6, 2017
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