Estella C. Rieke, age 98, of Fairfax, Minnesota, passed away Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Fairfax Community Home.
Mass Of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax with interment in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be held on Monday, April 22, 2019, from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the church with Prayer Service at 5:00 P.M. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday.
Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society and St. Andrew’s Catholic Church.
Estella Cecelia Rieke was born on October 3, 1920, in Fairfax, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Joseph and Susan (Leick) Hartung. Estella was baptized as an infant and was later confirmed in her faith as a youth, both at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. She received her education at St. Andrew’s Parochial School and Fairfax High School and was a graduate of the Fairfax High School Class of 1938.
On February 25, 1945, Estella was united in marriage to Gordon Rieke at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax. This marriage was blessed with six children. After their marriage, the couple farmed in Cairo Township, retiring in 1989. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. They shared 65 years of marriage before Gordon passed away on September 20, 2010.
Estella was an active member of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Fairfax, CCW, Legion of St. Mary and CUF.
Estella had many hobbies including quilting/sewing, gardening, camping, fishing, playing cards, dancing and she loved to travel. She cherished the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren and friends.
Estella passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at Fairfax Community Home, at the age of 98 years. Blessed be her memory.
Estella is survived by her:
Children, Charles Rieke and his wife, Mary of Gibbon, MN,
Margaret (Peggy) Lehar and her husband, Pat of Fairfax, MN,
Joann Schmid and her husband, Robert of Hutchinson, MN,
Thomas Rieke and his wife, Cynthia of Lake Lillian, MN,
Patti Kiecker and her husband, Allan of Park Rapids, MN;
25 Great Grandchildren;
7 Great Great Grandchildren;
Sisters, Betty Zangel of Oakhill, VA, and Germaine Kuglin of Minneapolis, MN;
Many other relatives and friends.
Estella was preceded in death by her Parents, Joseph and Susan Hartung; Husband, Gordon Rieke; Daughter, Barbara Rohde; Sisters, Sister Joseph Marie, Angela Brandel, Mary Ann Wesselman, Margaret Hartung, Crescentia Liebl-Grosam; Brothers, Nicholas Hartung, Joseph Hartung and Aloysius (Philip) Hartung; Great Granddaughter, Kalley Felt.