Othella G. Riegel
Cocoa Beach, FL
Othella Garner Riegel passed peacefully from this life at 9:15 AM, Thursday, January 16, 2014 — four days short of her 91st birthday. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Frederick A. Riegel, Jr. She is survived by daughter Fern Wolle, (Armin) son Fred A. Riegel III, (Maria) grandchildren, Karen Houret, (Stephen) Christine Wolle, (Michael) Steven Riegel, Natalie Buttacavoli (Jason) Russell Riegel and three great-grandchildren; Jackson Houret, Ethan Houret and Paige Buttacavoli.
She attended Weatherford College in Oklahoma where she played basketball and was Valedictorian of her 1943 graduating class. There she met her husband to be while he was in the Air Force. They married and settled in Philadelphia where she taught at Clymer and Feltonville Elementary Schools. She retired in 1979 after more than 25 years of teaching in the Philadelphia Public School System.
Othella was a 68 year member of the Order of the Eastern Star originally joining Logan Chapter #313 in Philadelphia, and was Worthy Matron from 1968 to 1969.
After retiring to Cocoa Beach, she became active in Canaveral Chapter #297, OES and Shilah Temple #151, Daughters of the Nile serving as Queen in 1991 - 92. She was a member of Riverside Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held 2pm, Monday, Jan. 20th at Beckman-Williamson Funeral Home in Cocoa Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to the Shriner's Hospital for Children, 12502 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612. YOU MAY SIGN OTHELLA'S GUEST BOOK AT beckman-williamson.com.
Published in FLORIDA TODAY from Jan. 17 to Jan. 19, 2014
Beckman Williamson Funeral Home
101 North Brevard Avenue Cocoa Beach, FL 32931