Melba I. Riechmann | Obituary

Melba I. Riechmann, nee Ritzel, 90, of Waterloo, died April 9, 2013, in Waterloo.

She was born Sept. 19, 1922, in Valmeyer, daughter of the late George B. and Marie W. (nee Roever) Ritzel.

Riechmann was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer; former president of St. Anne’s Altar Society of St. Mary Church; former president of West Deanery Council of Catholic Women; and member and former regent of Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include children Jane (Patrick) McCarthy and John (Patricia) Riechmann; grandchildren Daniel (Gayle) McCarthy, Michael (Kristin) McCarthy, Mary (Ben) Neff, William (Jamie) Riechmann and Kate (Brad) Edler; great-grandchildren Alyssa, Mallory and Isabelle McCarthy, Morgan and Riley McCarthy, Troy and Drew Neff, Evan and Lily Riechmann and Levi Edler; step-great-grandchild Cole Matzenbacher; brother and sister-in-law Paul and Sarah Ritzel; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Roy and Alberta Riechmann; along with nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband Howard “Pete” Riechmann; and sisters and brother Ruth Kohnz, Margaret Olinger and Howard Ritzel.

Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, and 8 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday, April 11, at Quernheim Funeral Home, Waterloo.

Funeral Mass is set for 10 a.m. April 11 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Valmeyer, Father Urban Osuji officiating.
Burial will be at Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Columbia.

Memorials may be made to the St. Mary Building Fund, or to Masses at St. Mary Church, Valmeyer.

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