Robert “Bob” Peter Libera, 96, of Winona, died on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at Lake Winona Manor.
Bob was born on December 27, 1921, in Winona, to Ladislaus and Pelagia (Drwall) Libera. He graduated from Cotter High School and attended the University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin – Madison and Columbia Teachers College. Bob served his country honorably as a medic in the United States Army, moving with his unit from Luxembourg across most the width of Germany to near Leipzig.
Bob worked for several years in the family business – M. Libera and Sons Grocery. He taught high school English in Clear Lake, Wis., Lake City, Minn., and Winona. He enjoyed opera, operetta, musicals, comedy and all great singing.
He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Mark Caldwell, Lynne Caldwell, Robert (Pam) Caldwell, Peter (Katie) Caldwell, Lori (Bruce) Caldwell Larson, Anthony (Diane) Caldwell, Stephen (Debbie) Drazkowski, Polly Drazkowski and Michael (Cindy) Libera; many great-nieces and nephews; and close neighbors who were like family, Joanne Rompa and William and Teresa Schumacher.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, David (Ginny) Libera; two sisters, Therese (Barney) Caldwell and Ruth Drazkowski; and nieces and nephews, Cathy Durham, David Drazkowski, Ladis Libera and Kathleen Caldwell.
A celebration of his life will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Hoff Celebration of Life Center – Goodview. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) Foundation, Orchestra/Band Fund or Winona Volunteer Services/Food Shelf.