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Robert William Ribich

June 7, 1937 — August 25, 2022

Funeral Mass will be 11 am Thursday, September 1, 2022, at St. John’s Catholic Church in Biwabik with Fr. Kristoffer McKusky celebrating. A visitation will be held one hour before the Mass. Interment will be at Lakeside Cemetery in Biwabik. Arrangements are by the Ziemer-Moeglein-Shatava Funeral Home of Gilbert. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers. Robert William Ribich, age 85, of Biwabik, passed away surrounded by loving family on August 25, 2022, at Essentia Health in Virginia. Bob was born on June 7, 1937 to Luke and Frances (Anzelc) Ribich in Biwabik. Upon graduation from high school, he attended DeVry Institute of Technology in Chicago and returned to work for his dad as a TV serviceman. On November 1, 1958, Bob married the love of his life, Rosemary Sertich, whom he met in Virginia. They were happily married for 63 years. He began his career in mining in 1959 at Erie Mining Company and continued at Eveleth Taconite as an electrician in 1965 before retiring in 1999. Following his retirement, Bob and Rosemary spent time traveling in their motorhome to Lake Havasu, Arizona and Gulf Shores, Alabama. Bob loved hunting and fishing, spending time at his hunting shack, spending quality time with his family, and was an avid Minnesota sports fan. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Biwabik Fire Department, the Elks, served as a board member of the Biwabik School District and the St. John’s Catholic Church. His family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the teams at Essentia Health and Edgewood Vista for the kind and loving care he received at his greatest time of need. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Rosemary, sons; Robert (Donna), Gregory (Vicki), Dean (Becky), and Thomas (Kristin) Ribich, Grandchildren; Nicole, Ashley Paulus, Jessica Tollefson, Matthew, Bailey Kosiek, Kyle, Aubri, Anna, and Jack, a brother: Richard (Janet) Ribich, nine great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Luke and Ed, and his granddaughter, Kathryn Ribich. He will be deeply missed by all.
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