Lois Elaine Rieker, 84, of Gothenburg, Nebraska, died September 9th, 2012 at Gothenburg Memorial Hospital in Gothenburg, NE.
She was born September 14th, 1927 in Eustis, Nebraska, daughter of Arthur and Helen (Keller) Hueftle.
Lois was baptized and confirmed in the St. John's Lutheran Church in Eustis, Nebraska. She graduated from Eustis High School, class of 1945. She went to Normal College in Kearney, Nebraska to train as a teacher. She taught one year in a one room school near Johnson Lake and two years southwest of Cozad. She married Kenneth Rieker on September 18th, 1949 at Eustis; to this union two children were born - Lorri and Jim. Lois and Ken moved north of Gothenburg in 1950 to begin a lifetime of farming. Lois enjoyed growing flowers, baking, scrap booking, and involvement in her children's activities. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where she served as a Sunday school and confirmation teacher, sang in church choir, and was active in Lutheran Church women. She enjoyed being a member of two Pinochle Clubs, was a 4-H Club leader and member of the Hilltop Ladies Coffee Club.
Surviving are husband, Kenneth Rieker of Gothenburg, Nebraska, daughter - Lorri (Dick Oddo) Rieker of Lawrence, Kansas; son - Jim (Tami) Rieker of Raleigh, North Carolina; grandson - Ansel O'Doniel; step-grandson - Brandon Swartz; step-granddaughter - Alyssa Swartz; two brothers - Marvin (Pat) Hueftle of Omaha, Nebraska, Alan (Delores) Hueftle of Eustis, Nebraska; sister - Arlene (LaVern) Ostendorf of Wayne, Nebraska; along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Lois was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gilbert and Nadine Rieker.
Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, September 12th, 2012 at 10 a.m. with Pastor Don Wilken and Jo Anderson, PMA officiating.
Interment will follow in the Gothenburg Cemetery, Gothenburg, Nebraska, with lunch to follow at Zion Lutheran Church.
Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran Church 77191 HWY 47, Gothenburg, NE 69138 or Central Plains Home Health and Hospice PO Box 108, Cozad, Nebraska 69130. To sign the online guest book, go to www.blasestrauser.com.