Rita Marie (Hobza) Cain

Rita Marie (Hobza) Cain

Feb 17, 1953 – Mar 28, 2017

Long-time first grade teacher for Millard Public Schools. Preceded in death by parents, Martin and Mildred Hobza. Survived by husband, Michael W. Cain; daughter, Michelle Lupardus (Dan); grandchildren: Cody, Jacob, and Samantha; sisters, Linda Ann Mixan (Bob) and Janet Bogatz; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends Friday, March 31st from 5pm to 7pm at the Bel Air Chapel, 12100 W. Center Rd., with VIGIL SERVICE to follow at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, April 1st at 10:30am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive. Interment, Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.


Rita was born on February 17, 1953 to Martin and Mildred Hobza. She grew up at 56th & Grover with her sisters, Linda and Janet. She attended St Thomas More grade school through eighth grade. As a child, she liked to dress up like a nun and treasured her nun doll that is on display with the photos. She had a pony and loved to ride and to play in the fields behind her home. She attended Omaha South High School where she was a pom-pom girl. Those who knew her would not be surprised that she was named “Miss Congeniality” while in high school. She met her future husband, Michael Cain, in the summer of 1968, and married him right after high school on May 14, 1971. Rita and Mike were blessed when their only daughter, Michelle, was born on January 21, 1974. In 1976, Rita and Mike bought their first home in Millard, where they lived for 41 years until the present.

Rita went back to school in 1986 while working full time and received her bachelor’s degree in 1991. She graduated with many honors including Summa Cum Laude. She retired from Millard Public Schools after 30 years of service.

Michelle married Dan Lupardus, and Rita and Mike were blessed with three grandchildren: Cody (now 19), Jacob (now 17), and Samantha (now 12). She adored her grandchildren.

For many years, Rita ran the light show for Mike’s band. She loved music and loved to dance. Rita and Mike loved to travel to the Colorado Mountains and Cancun, and they went on many cruises. But Rita’s favorite pastime was to gamble at the casinos.

Rita loved to entertain and definitely was “Miss Congeniality” the rest of her life… you never went to her home without Rita getting out the cheese and crackers, chips and dip, and wine. So we hope you are able to join our toast to Rita with wine and cheese at this celebration. Rita left us just after midnight, the morning of March 28, 2017, with her family by her side…she will be missed by all who knew and loved her… To Rita!!!! a spark, a shining star, something special!




  • Cathy Hatfield Posted March 28, 2017 1:40 pm

    So sorry to hear of the passing of this sweet wonderful lady. My condolences go to her family and friends. May God bless and keep you all.

  • Tom and Vickie (Franks) Crowell Posted March 28, 2017 4:51 pm

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Wife. We are sending loving thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  • Sheryl Munyon Posted March 29, 2017 6:58 am

    I am so sad to hear of Rita’s passing. She will truly be missed. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mike, Michelle and your entire family. Hold on to your many, many memories. Rita was such a great, devoted, fun, artistic, wonderful lady.

  • Gary &Anna Munyon Posted March 29, 2017 11:29 am

    Gary & I are so sorry for your loss of Rita. Life will be hard for your family. God will be with you all. Gary & Anna Munyon (Donita Moseman’s brother and wife.

  • Floyd Zoucha Posted March 29, 2017 6:04 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Will keep you in my prays.

  • Cheryl Archibald Posted March 30, 2017 10:31 am

    “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2
    Rita taught two of my children (Joe and Will Ernst) first grade at Rohwer. When we reminisce about past teachers, Mrs. Cain is always mentioned as a favorite. She made a huge impact on my children’s learning and the fun they had in first grade. Mrs. Cain knew how to conduct a classroom with discipline, love, humor, smiles and hugs.

  • Dianna (Cook) Wilhite Posted March 30, 2017 9:51 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Immediately I remembered all the good times we enjoyed as kids either at her home or ours on the farm.
    My thoughts are with you, her family as you go forward now without her present. Blessings to all of you.

  • Lorraine Johnson Posted March 31, 2017 5:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. I will miss Rita. She was a joy..

  • Debbie gay Posted March 31, 2017 10:54 am

    Michelle and family, please know that you are in my thoughts. Sending love and hugs…BhaBha

  • Steve and Barbra Davis Posted April 10, 2017 11:34 am

    I can still see her when I close my eyes, we will all be together again. Love you guys.

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