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Helen J. Rieter

A truly beautiful woman, Helen Joyce Rieter, left us on August 13th to join her husband and other loved ones in God's Eternal Kingdom.

She was born on December 3, 1922, to Wesley and Karen (Carrie) Lieburn. She was one of 9 children in the family of 7 boys and 2 girls. She began working as a housekeeper for Mrs. Jim Hood when she was 14 years old. She attended schools in Marinette, graduating in 1940 from Marinette High School.

In August of 1942, she married Harry Emanuel DeLorme in Racine, Wisconsin. On May 26, 1943, she gave birth to their daughter and Harry was killed while serving in the United States Army in August of 1943. In August of 1945, she married Alvin "Al" Kenneth Rieter. They observed their 67th wedding anniversary in August of 2012, and Al passed away on September 21, 2012, after a short battle with cancer.

After her daughter was in school, she was very active with school projects and the PTA. She eventually went back to school and became a bookkeeper.  She was employed in the credit department of the Boren Clinic for several years and then as Credit Manager of the Sherwin Williams Store in Marinette. Her final working position was as Bookkeeper/Credit Manager at Haller Beverage.

She retired to spend time with and help care for her grandchildren. She was devoted to them and cherished every minute they were with her and "Papa". She did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society, The Easter Seal Foundation, coordinating and planning arrangements for those people attending Camp Waubeek. She volunteered for the Red Cross and March of Dimes as well.

She was a religious woman and belonged to the Methodist Church in Marinette for most of her life. She and Al later transferred to the Menominee Methodist Church. She took part in Bible study classes, adult Sunday School, Women's Association, was the treasurer for the Marinette Women's Pasty Group and for many years, she and Al were counselors for the Methodist Youth Fellowship at the Marinette church.

Her favorite hobby was playing bridge. Once she learned to play bridge, she didn't find any other card games challenging. She was a member of many bridge clubs during her lifetime, and played in the Women's Club Marathon for many years. It was only this past March she gave up playing bridge because of failing health. She has been a resident of The Harbors in Menominee since October 2012.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Roger) Bartz; grandchildren, Julie Derusha and Jerry (Terri) Derusha; her great-grandchildren, Chad (Leah Francour) Derusha, Amanda and Madison Derusha, Abby and Adam MacCormack and great-great-grandchildren, Brynn and Gage Derusha. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Marge Lieburn of Racine, Marilyn Lieburn of Menominee and Ruth Lieburn of Marinette. Other survivors include many nieces and nephews and their families, as well as her two best friends, Betty Koesling and Shirley LaPerriere.

She was preceded in death by her brothers and their wives, Jim (Stella) Lieburn, Gordon (Ruth) Lieburn, Harry "Dutch" Lieburn, Ken Lieburn, Howard (Ruth) Lieburn, Claude (Louise) Lieburn, William "Jitts" Lieburn and Helen's sister, Mary Margaret "June" (Howard) Kartheiser. She was also preceded in death by her in-laws, Curtis and Jessie DeLorme, Albert and Augusta Rieter and a sister-in-law, Marion Rieter Wooton.

A very caring, loving person, she did anything she could to help anyone she could while her health was good-babysitting for great and great-great-grandchildren even into her mid-eighties. She was without a doubt the best mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother anyone could ever wish for. Family was paramount in her life and she loved all of the family members deeply. We will all remember her wonderful cooking and the special times we have each had with her individually. She will never be forgotten.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church of Menominee from 10 a.m. until 12 noon with a service held at noon. A memorial fund was established to benefit the Menominee Methodist Church Organ repair and the Menominee Animal Shelter. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family.

The family would like to thank the staff and residents of The Harbors, which has been her home since October of 2012. She loved the Harbors and enjoyed being a resident there. We would also like to thank the Harbors staff and the staff of Jem Care, all of whom handled her personal care with warmth and kindness. In addition, special thanks go out to Renee, Jessica, Krista, Amanda and Lewis from UP Home Health and Hospice for their exceptional concern and care. And finally, thanks to the staff at Atrium Health Care in Menominee for their care in her final days.

"As the bird set free from its cage flies skyward, so the Christian Spirit, set free by death seeks the heavens and flies home to God."  Author unknown




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