Greta, who was born in Denmark, lost both of her parents in 1938 when she was sixteen years old. Her much older brother and sister, who had emigrated to the U.S., decided that they would bring her to the U.S. whether or not she wanted to come. She did not want to emigrate and was a sad and homesick girl for a long time after they landed in New Jersey. But Greta was plucky and survived and made a life for herself in America. She completed her beauticians training, found good jobs and, in 1945, married Hans Huber, the love of her life. She and Hans had 52 happy years together before his death. At the age of 85 after Hans' death, by herself she sold her house in New Jersey, her car, and most of her furnishings and moved across the country to Bellingham where she spent nine happy years at The Leopold. She made lots of friends and was always busy doing something. She was a talented knitter and eager bingo player who never turned down a chance to go out to lunch. She loved to travel and did so extensively until the last few years of her life when she had limited mobility. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Hans, sister Ingeborg Jensen Torp, brother Carl Hansen, and special niece Norma Mihalak. She is survived by two nieces: Helen Mako of Fords, NJ and Marian D'Onofrio of Bellingham and many great and great-great nieces and nephews who all loved and admired her immensely. The family wishes to thank the staff at Highland Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Greta during the last few months of her life. They are truly incredible people! At her request there will be no service. Her ashes will be interred privately with those of her beloved Hans. We will all miss her beautiful smile.
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Published in Bellingham Herald on June 19, 2016