Rachel Mae Riley
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Rachel Mae Riley, age 103, of Stevens Point, died at home July 16, 2012.
She was born February 5, 1909 to the late Fred and Ella (Milbrant) Zimmermann in Edgar, WI.
Rae was married to George F. Riley, a well known Stevens Point attorney. He preceded her in death on April 16, 1990. They had one son, John Patrick, who died at birth.
Rae was well known in Stevens Point and very active in the Portage County Democratic Party for whom she acted as secretary for many years. Her house was often visited by well-known politicians; such as senators, governors, national figures, including Robert Kennedy. She often described herself as a "yellow dog democrat", which meant, she would rather vote for a yellow dog rather than a republican. In 2009 she was presented by the former congressman, Dave Obey, on the behalf of the party a "Lifetime Achievement Award".
Survivors include her sister, Eve Schroeder of CA; nieces and nephews, Lucille Larson and Wayne Zimmerman of Milwaukee, Jay Bates of CA, Will Bates of OH, Heidi Mumm of Lake Mills, and Tom and Jim Lonsdorf of Schofield.
She is preceded in death by four brothers, Milbert, Norman, Ralph, and Fred; and six sisters, Ethel, Bernice, Liol, Dorothy, Ferne, and Evelyn.
A memorial service will be held 3:00 pm Thursday, August 2, 2012 at Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church, Stevens Point, with Rev. Susan Zencka officiating. Burial will take place in Restlawn Memorial Park, Grand Rapids.
Her family would like to thank Rae's many friends who have long visited and loved her; especially, Barb Kranig, Jim and Judy Bablich, and Mary Kroner of Stevens Point. She was blessed to be a member of Frame Memorial Presbyterian Church. Rev Susan Gilbert Zencka and members were a great comfort to her. Rae was further blessed in her later years by the many loving care givers in her home from Community Care of Central Wisconsin, in addition to her super social worker, Pat Walters -This program allowed her to remain in her home until the end.
Published in Stevens Point Journal from July 18 to July 20, 2012