Dec. 3, 1924 – Mar. 11, 2014
Resident of Monte Sereno
A beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend, known affectionately as Liz or Betty, provided everyone she encountered with warmth and friendliness.
Born Elizabeth Lyons in Manhattan, New York, she grew up during the Great Depression. Despite many challenges for her family, she graduated from Julia Richmond High School. She spoke fondly of playing baseball, learning from her parents and grandmothers, and enjoying the company of friends. She served in the Signal Corps during WWII.
She married Arnold "Bud" Rimbach in 1947. They and their young family of two boys moved to Connecticut, and in 1957, they packed up their lives and moved to California, where her two other children were born.
She worked in the San Jose office of Del Monte Corp, but her primary job and love was that of mother. She supported, taught, and provided love, knowledge, and lifelong values including honesty, frugality, and hard work.
She spent time on the tennis and racquetball courts, as well as in the pool. Water was a great source of pleasure, and as often as possible, she spent time at the beach.
Elizabeth had a passion for, and love of language. She read extensively and never stopped learning, whether through books or her daily crossword puzzle.
Elizabeth is survived by her children, Arnold, Jr., Michael, John, and Elizabeth Ann (Betsy), and grandichildren James, Kendra, and Kristin.
Friends and neighbors are invited to attend two events:
Graveside service and burial will take place on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 10AM at Los Gatos Memorial Park. For information, call 408-356-4151.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from Noon to 3PM. Contact email@example.com for details.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Sisters of the Holy Names (http://www.snjmca.org) or to the
Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Mar. 19, 2014