PRINCETON – Elinor Elizabeth Rieker, 84, of Ohio passed away Sept. 4, 2019 at Aperion Care in Princeton.
Services will be held at noon on Monday, Sept. 9 at the Norberg Memorial Home, Inc. & Monuments in Princeton with Rev. Brian Moore officiating. A graveside service will follow at Elm Lawn in Princeton. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 9 at the memorial home.
Elinor was born Nov. 18, 1934 in Princeton to Harold and Ella (Stalter) Bill. She married Marvin Rieker on Sept. 9, 1956 at the Malden United Methodist Church in Malden.
Survivors include her loving husband, Marvin Rieker; five children, Lonnie (Linda) Rieker of Ohio, Lori Perra of Peru, Steve (Cecilia) Rieker of Peoria, Sandra (Brad) Kofoed of Earlville, and Sally Salegna of Bloomington; 12 grandchildren, Laura, Brenna, Rachel, Art, Theresa, Dia, Emily, Kristen, Matt, Amy, Sarah and David; and one brother, Cliff Bill of Princeton.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son-in-law, Art Perra.
Elinor graduated from Malden as valedictorian of the Class of 1952. She then worked as a teller before meeting the love of her life, Marvin Rieker. After their marriage, she finished out the year working at the bank and then helped Marvin on the dairy farm while starting their family and taking care of their home. She was a member of the Good Sam’s Camping Club as well as the Van Orin Gospel Church and Bible Study. She enjoyed sewing, baking and gardening and could be found doing crossword puzzles or a word finder game. She enjoyed traveling, especially the family Sunday drives, when the whole family would get up early to help milk the cows, then pack a lunch and head out for a family day. They always had to be back home by 3:30 p.m. to milk the cows again. This happened almost every Sunday while the children were still living at home and those were some of the best memories shared by the entire family. If Marvin was going anywhere, she was going, too. They wanted to be together always, no matter what. Family was the most important thing to her and something she instilled in her loving family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be left at www.norbergfh.com.