June 21, 1956 – Monday, July 2, 2012
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo
Friday, July 6, 2012
Lucy Riethmiller, 56, beloved wife of Mark Riethmiller and mother of Reese Marie (12) passed away in Rochester, Minnesota at Methodist Hospital July 2, 2012. She succumbed to a battle with cancer she didn’t know she was fighting until May 31st of this year when she fell ill with a stomach ache. She had fought and won the battle with Ocular Melanoma in 2006 through radiation and prayer and amazingly kept her 20/20 vision. In tests as late as March 2011 no signs of cancer were found.
She and Mark spent their early married life in Texas. She was a travel agent and he was in civil engineering. After years of sending people on vacations and traveling a good part of the world herself, Lucy changed professions and led a spirit filled life helping people and creating Christian charity organizations. She enrolled at Christ for the Nations Institute in 1987 and graduated from Southwestern University of Waxahachie, TX in 1992 with a BA in Pastoral Counseling. Her biggest enjoyment came from advocating for people and helping them navigate through hard times. During her second career she has worked with YWCA Women’s Shelter in Bridgeport, CT; Modern Times Café for the homeless in Minneapolis; Fairview Hospital as Pastoral Counselor and Drug Rehab Specialist; for Wright County presenting self-esteem classes; and ministering Christian counseling though her non-profit service organization, Life Resources, in Buffalo, MN. She was also the president of Deborah Company Midwest– a Christian women’s organization which develops spiritual leaders to take on relevant tasks. They are involved in leadership training, pro-life, autism awareness and domestic abuse prevention as well as evangelism. Mark and Lucy’s adopted daughter Reese Marie is autistic and Lucy was also a member of the Autism Task Force.
Lucy is survived by her husband Mark and her daughter Reese of Buffalo, MN; her mother and step father, Eleanor and Thomas Lindsey of San Antonio, TX; her sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Mike Jacobs of Red Oak, TX, their children Mary, and her children (Malachi, Caden, and Zion) in TX and Daniel (Jenay) of CA and their children Lily and Liam; her brother, Richard Johnson now in China; mother-in-law: Mary “Tootie” Reese of Buffalo; Mark’s sister and brother-in-law, Marylou and Joel Swedberg of Howard Lake and their children Derek (Leslie) and Luke of MN; and Mark’s younger sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and David Bullock of Buffalo and their children Lauren, Jenna and Cody (Dana).
Arrangements are by Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Visitation will take place from 4:00 to 9:30 P.M. on Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. There will be a time of sharing at 7:00 that evening. Further visitation will be held on Saturday morning at the church from 10-11 A.M. Funeral will be at Zion Lutheran on Saturday, July 7th at 11 AM. A luncheon will be served after the interment at nearby Swedish Mission Cemetery. Flower arrangements can be handled through Buffalo Floral.