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Katherine L. Rieckman, age 84, of Greenville, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, November 15, 2009 at her home. The daughter of Claude and Bertie (Goff) Flynn, she was born on September 22, 1925 in Somerset, KY.

Katie is survived by her children, Barb (Gene) Higginson and Paul (Karen) Rieckman of Gowen; six grandchildren, Steve (Shelly McMahan) Higginson of Big Rapids, Rex (Michelle Thomas) Higginson, Darci (Kevin) Thompson of Grand Rapids, Jennifer Kouba of Ann Arbor, Melissa (Bob) Araujo of Stanton and Brett (Hannah) Harriman of Marquette; ten great grandchildren, Brittany, Trevor, Zackary, Darieck, Alissa, Brooklyn ,Bobby, Karter, Kaylie, and Kiera; one great-great grandchild, Tristan; brothers in law, Ralph E. (Edla) Rieckman of Harvard, Francis Bud Rieckman of Cedar Springs and John Rieckman of Shingleton; sisters in law, Arlene Rieckman and Louise Byrne; 11 nieces, Pam, Debbie, Marylou, Diane, Julie, Carla, Cathy, Cindy, Becky, Lisa, and Lori; four nephews, Robert, James, Dan and Joe.

She was married to Robert Rieckman on February 3, 1950 and he preceded her in 1977. She was also preceded by her parents, sister, Rosie Hanna, brothers in law, Richard Hanna, James O. and Joseph Rieckman, sisters in law, Jeanette and Lois Rieckman, mother in law, Enid Rieckman, father in law, Ralph Rieckman, niece, Patricia Rieckman, nephews, Timothy and Michael Rieckman.

Katie retired in 1989 from Frigidaire, Greenville after 24 years of service. Since retiring she enjoyed watching Deal or No Deal, her daily soap opera followed by gospel music by the Gaithers, Lawrence Welk reruns and Dancing with the Stars.

Visitation is Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Christiansen Funeral Home & Cremation Center, Greenville, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Jerry Jones, pastor of the First Congregational Church, will officiate and burial will follow at East Montcalm Cemetery. To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Katherines online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on November 15, 2009 at 12:00 am

    Guestbook

    11/19/2009 –

    betty mckeever

    so sorry for your loss. we had lost touch the past few years but katie was always a great friend. i bet she is all smiles to see bob as she loved him so much. do remember all the fun times as i will. betty


    11/18/2009 –

    Kim (Perry) Ward

    So sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this hard time. She was a neat lady, I’m glad I got to meet her.


    11/17/2009 –

    STEVE AND SHELLY

    I LOVE YOU AND THANKS FOR BELIEVING I WILL CATCH BIGGER TROUT. I WILL ALWAY WATCH GUNSMOKE AND YOU’LL BE WITH ME GRANDMA. I HOPE I WILL SEE YOU AGAIN WHEN IT’S MY TIME.


    11/17/2009 –

    Delos & Louise Byrne

    She will be missed by us all. She was always cheerful and happy. That’s how we will remember her. Let us know if there is anything we can do. Love, Louise & Delos


    11/17/2009 –

    Gerald Tovatt

    Paul and Karen; our sympathies to you and your family. I enjoyed knowing her. She was a wonderful woman, she was very proud of you, Paul.
    Jerry and Mary Ellen


    11/17/2009 –

    Lou Ann Dennis Miller

    Barb and family, I wanted to extend my sympathies to you and your family. So sorry for your loss of your mother. Hoping that you have many memories to help you get through this. God bless, Lou Ann


    11/16/2009 –

    Leonard and Janice VanderMey

    Our sympathies and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your mother.


    11/16/2009 –

    Suzi VanderMey

    I send my condolences to you and your family, Barb for the loss of your mother.


    11/16/2009 –

    Darci Higginson-Thompson

    I love you so much Gramma. Youve been such a major part of my life for so many years.I considered you one of my very best friends. You’ll be missed so much. You and grandpa are finally together again.


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