Jolanda "Jo" M. Riegel
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Jo M. Riegel passed away February 18, 2014 at Royal Vista Care Center, she was 88 years old. Jo was born on June 19, 1925 in Mandan, North Dakota to Frank and Anona Damskey. As a young adult Jo taught school in North Dakota before relocating to Ellensburg, WA, with her parents in the late forties.
On December 28, 1951, She married the love of her life Richard Riegel. Their warm union gave them two children; daughter Renee and son Kirk.
Jolanda enjoyed working on the family farm. She raised chickens, helped with livestock, she also grew and preserved her own fruit and vegetables. Jo enjoyed everything about the farm and on top of everything else she helped Richard harvest their various crops. Jo loved growing flowers in her garden. She worked as a bookkeeper for McCullough Music and Farm Home Administration. She was active as a 4-H leader, she was on the local Board of American Cancer Society, member of the Cove Damman Homemakers, and she participated in many of the activities at St. Andrews Church, especially the Oktoberfest. Jolanda and Richard enjoyed watching sporting events and were avid Mariner fans.
Jolanda is survived by her children; daughter Renee (John) Bisbee, Yakima; son Kirk (Marie) Riegel, Ellensburg; granddaughter Kristine Riegel, Ellensburg; and sisters Ione Stadick and Donna Bruketta.
Jolanda was preceded in death by her husband Richard, her parents, and sister Margaret Brondt.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Andrews Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 11:00am, followed by a burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Ellensburg. The family would like to invite family and friends to a reception at St. Andrews following the burial. Memorial contributions can be made to the Kittitas County 4-H Endowment Trust Fund or a charity of donors' choice in care of Brookside Funeral Home, 101 E. 2nd Ave, Ellensburg, WA, 98926.
Arrangements by Brookside Funeral Home & Crematory, Ellensburg.
Published in Daily Record from Feb. 22 to Mar. 1, 2014
Brookside Funeral Home and Crematory
101 East 2nd Avenue Ellensburg, WA 98926