Gilbert, Rita Veronica 03/04/1922 ~ 06/08/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Rita Veronica Gilbert, age 91, of San Diego, CA, passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at San Diego, CA. She was born on March 4,1922 in Willey, Iowa to her parents Mike Balk and Catherine (Venteicher) Balk. Rita was the 10th of 11 children. She married Lawrence Gilbert on April 6, 1940 in Willey, Iowa. The next year they moved to San Diego, CA and settled in Linda Vista. At that time the Aviation Industry was very active in San Diego supporting WWII. Rita quickly found work at Consolidated Aircraft were she worked on the PBY Catalina aircraft. Rita was very proud of the part she played in supporting the war effort. After the war Rita became a homemaker and in 1956 Lawrence and Rita moved to Clairemont were she lived until her passing. While living in Linda Vista, Lawrence and Rita were active members of Holy Family Parish and they continued to attend Holy Family for many years after the family had relocated to Clairemont. Later they became members of St. Catherine Laboure. Rita enjoyed playing Bingo with her family and friends at St. Catherine's as well as well as other parishes. Rita will be remembered and missed by her loving family. She was predeceased in death by her husband Lawrence and son Larry. She is survived by daughter Joyce Morris and sons Gary Gilbert and Jim Gilbert. She is also survived by 11 grand- children and 10 great- grandchildren.