June Rieger (1918 - 2018)

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June Rose Schwartz Rieger, a Sacramento resident for nearly 70 years, died peacefully July 28, 2018 in La Mesa, CA, one month after celebrating her 100th birthday. Born June 27, 1918 in Menominee, Michigan, the youngest of eight children of Otto and Cora Schwartz, June grew up on the family farm and graduated from Menominee High School in 1936. She later worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Cincinnati, Ohio where she met her husband Joseph M. Rieger. Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps and was stationed in Austin, Texas where he married June on October 27, 1942, shortly before he left to serve overseas as an aircraft navigator during World War II. After Joe returned from the war, they lived a short time in Phoenix, AZ running a neighborhood market. Seeking other opportunities, they left Phoenix and drove to California, touring towns along their way until they chose Sacramento to begin a new life in 1946. During the 1950s and 1960s, June was completely involved with her family, managing the household in Sierra Oaks Vista and raising three children. She participated in the PTA at Winterstein Elementary and Jonas Salk Junior High, planned activities for Brownies and Cub Scouts, and managed the Sierra Little League snack bar. June was also caregiver for her mother, who lived with the family in her later years. June had a lifelong interest in art and was an accomplished painter, sculptor and photographer. She enjoyed gardening, music, reading and public television, and always had time for family and friends. After Joe died from cancer in 1976, June spent time traveling, visiting relatives and renewing old friendships. She moved to La Mesa in 2015, spending her final years in assisted living and with the loving care of her daughter and son-in-law. June was preceded in death by her parents, all her siblings, husband Joe, and granddaughter Anneka McMillan. She is survived by her three children and their spouses: daughter Terri McMillan (Howard) of San Diego, sons Steve (Gerry) Rieger of Santa Cruz, and Ted (Maria) Rieger of Sacramento, and granddaughter Laurel Rieger of Sacramento. At June's request, there will be no services.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Aug. 12, 2018
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