Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
OBITUARY - GERALDINE RIEF
Geraldine RIEF, of Diagonal passed away May 6, 1999, at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, at the age of 86.
Mrs. RIEF, the daughter of Rudolph and Myrtle FOGLE, was born December 14, 1912, in Kellerton. She graduated from
Kellerton High School and received a teacher's certificate. On April 10, 1943, she was united in marriage to Freeman RIEF.
She taught school at Knowlton for 10 years and lived her adult life in Diagonal. She was a member of the United Church,
Priscilla Club and American Legion Auxiliary, all of Diagonal.
She is survived by a daughter, Peggy MAHONEY of Creston; four sons, Bob MAHONEY of Prescott, Arizona; Steven (wife Karen)
RIEF of Laurel, Randy RIEF of Creston and Willis (wife Cindy) RIEF of San Diego, California; a brother, Raymond FOGLE of
Creston; three sisters, Lucille NICHOLS and Marie MAES of Vancouver, Washington and Margaret COCHRAN of Portland, Oregon;
three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were her parents and husband on November 5, 1988.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, November of 2009
OBITUARY - GERALDINE RIEF
Geraldine RIEF was born December 14, 1912 at Kellerton, Iowa to Rudolph and Myrtle (STEVENS) FOGLE. She passed away May 6,
1999 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, Iowa at the age of 86 years.
Geraldine graduated from Kellerton high school in 1930. Along with her two children, Bob and Peggy, she moved to Diagonal,
Iowa in 1933. She obtained her teachers certificate and taught country school for nine years at Knowlton, Iowa. She also
worked at Bob Holland's Cafe part time.
On April 10, 1943, she was united in marriage to Freeman RIEF at Bethany, MO and her home and family were the highlights
of her life. She assisted him in operating the plumbing business, the Laundromat and was involved in farming right up to
the time of her death.
Family dinners were important and everyone was welcome. Her chocolate cake and homemade dinner rolls were requested
favorites. She was an avid fan of college basketball and never missed watching or listening to a Hawkeye game. Her
children and grandchildren were the joy of her life. Her advice to them was to overlook flaws in others and to never
hold a grudge.
Geraldine was active in her church, the school and community events. She was a longtime member of the Priscilla Club
and had a special interest in the American Legion Auxiliary.
Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Freeman on November 5, 1988.
Left to mourn her passing are her children, Bob MAHONEY of Prescott, AZ, Peggy MAHONEY of Creston, Iowa, Steven RIEF and
his wife Karen of Laurel, Iowa, Randy RIEF of Creston, and Willis RIEF and his wife Cindy of San Diego, California; three
grandchildren, Robert MAHONEY, Taylor RIEF and Chad RIEF; three great-grandchildren, Megan, Erin and Caitlin MAHONEY; one
brother Raymond FOGLE of Creston; and three sisters, Lucille NICHOLS and Marie MAES of Vancouver, Washington and Margaret
COCHRAN of Portland, Oregon.
Funeral services were held at the United Church of Diagonal on Monday, May 10, 1999 with Reverend Pam FARREN officiating.
Judy NEWTON, Mary TRULLINGER and Margaret BICKERS provided music. Casket bearers were John WHITTINGTON, Charles FLETCHER,
Alan BENTLEY, Kenny SOBOTKA, Doug RUBY and Frank GUNSOLLEY. Honorary pallbearers were A. J. KESSLER, Bud BEYMER, Kenny
MORROW, Wayne TAYLOR, Albert DRAKE, LaVern KLEJCH and Gene GUNSOLLEY.
Interment was in the Knowlton [Centenary] Cemetery, Diagonal.
Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Courtesy of Deloris (Gravett) and Ramon L. Bear, November of 2009
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