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Lorna Rietz

Lorna Rietz Lorna Rietz

Lorna Rietz, 102, passed away Nov. 25, 2019, under the care of St. Croix Hospice and the Athenian Assisted Living staff. She was the first resident of her beloved new home.

She was born July 29, 1917, in Holloway, MN, to Henry and Ida (Callies) Mattheisen. Lorna graduated from Stanley High School and Chippewa County Normal School, and taught in the Loyal area.

She married George W. Rietz in 1938. They farmed in the Town of Bern until retiring in 1979. They especially enjoyed raising and showing their registered Belgian horses at state and local fairs. They participated for many years in the Circus World Parade and took part in the Bicentennial Wagon Train in 1976, traveling to Portage in their covered wagon. They also enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, gardening, playing cards, making and selling their crafts.

Lorna is survived by two sons: Gordon (Jan Carroll), Medford and Gary (Janice Strunk), Fifield; grandchildren: Wilber, Athens, Wendy (Delbert) Ford, Springfield, Ill., and Cindy, Medford; great-grandchildren: Clint Spreen, Dawson and Dylan Ford; and great-great-granddaughter, Kaylee Spreen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George; three brothers and five sisters; and a grandson, Adam Rietz.

A funeral services was held on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at Christ United Church, Athens. Entombment was in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

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