OTIS – Theresa (Schenk) Riedl, 94, of Otis passed away Oct. 22, 2013 at the Avita Nursing Home, Wichita,
She was born June 22, 1919 at Olmitz, the daughter of John and Lucy Schenk
Her parents, John and Lucy Schenk, were farmers. As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper for an uncle in Hays. She met her future husband, Harold F. Riedl, at St. Ann Church, Olmitz. They married in August 1943 in Georgia and had five children, four sons and one daughter.
Theresa was a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic Church and was active in the St. Ann Altar Society, and the VFW Auxiliary. She was a homemaker first and foremost, and enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, quilting, and playing cards.
Theresa looked forward to visits from friends and family and would cook and bake the children’s favorite dishes. She was very thrifty and was an excellent manager of the family’s finances. When her children were young, she sewed many of their clothes.
Theresa was preceded in death by her husband, a sister, Minnie Schenk, and a brother, Herman Schenk.
She is survived by a sister, Anna Schenk, LaCrosse; and five children, sons Patrick Riedl and wife Linda, Seattle, Wash.; Joseph Riedl and wife Martha, Leon; Thomas Riedl and wife Roberta, Webster, Mass.; and Daniel Riedl and wife Cathy, Andover; and daughter Kathy Bryant and husband Bruce, Rio Rancho, N.M.; ten grandchildren, Steven Riedl, Robert Bryant, Jean North, Elaine Rooker, Lauren Delaney, Ryan Riedl, Mark Riedl, Kay Riedl, Matthew Riedl, and Michael Riedl; and five great-grandchildren, Malinda Riedl, Jennifer Riedl, Amanda Riedl, Casandra Riedl and Christian Riedl.
The family gives a special thanks to Theresa’s caregivers at Chaucer Estates in Wichita, where she resided for the past eight years; and to all the people who sent her cards and letters during her stay at Chaucer Estates.
Wake service and Rosary will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Ann Catholic Church, Olmitz. Father Ultan Murphy will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Ann Cemetery, Olmitz, followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Olmitz.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home. Memorials are requested to St. Ann Catholic Church, Alzheimer’s Association or donor’s choice in care of Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent and notice viewed at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.
Funeral arrangements provided by
Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home **
415 N. Main/P.O. Box 146
Hoisington, KS, 67544
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Oct. 24, 2013