April 5, 1920 – Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Buffalo Presbyterian Church-Buffalo, MN
Saturday, March 19, 2016
AT THE CHURCH
Friday, March 18, 2016
Additional Visitation 10:00 – 11:00 at the Church
Mary Roberta “Tootie” (Riethmiller) Reese
Mary “Tootie” Reese passed away Wednesday, March 16th of 2016. She was born in 1920 to Robert and Mary Reese in Martin’s Ferry, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her parents and her two sisters, Gertrude and Esther. Her father passed away when she was young and she was raised by her sister Esther and her mother. Tootie was a good student and flew through elementary and high school with honors. She attended Business College then later returned to work in the office at Martin’s Ferry Hospital. She loved her job and worked there several years before marrying Wayne Riethmiller on St. Patrick’s Day in 1949. Wayne had started a well drilling business and he enlisted Tootie as secretary. But, the small company was struggling and in 1951, shortly after her son Mark was born, Wayne elected to take a job with Layne Drilling Company in Minnesota. They moved to Minneapolis where she enjoyed being a house wife and mother for the next four years until Wayne decided to go into business again. He started Tri-State Drilling in 1955 with several associates. Tootie again got a full time job as bookkeeper and secretary. Not only did they start the business that year, but she also gave birth to her first daughter, Marylou. Then, in 1959 her daughter Marilyn came along and her family was complete. Tri-State began to prosper so Tootie was able to ease her way out of the bookkeeping duties.
The family moved to Buffalo in 1961 and bought a home on Lake Pulaski primarily because her husband loved to fish. She did enjoy the scenic view of the lake from her kitchen window where she mastered her culinary arts. People raved about her cooking! Tootie and Wayne joined the Buffalo Presbyterian Church where they met many wonderful friends. During her years in Buffalo she logged many volunteer hours. She was a driver for Wright County Human Services and Meals On Wheels. She also served as a deacon at the church. Bowling, playing bridge and square dancing were her recreational activities. Her kids enjoyed growing up in Buffalo. They later attended college and were soon married. Mark wed Lucy Johnson from Texas, Marylou married Joel Swedberg whom she met in college, and Marilyn tied the knot with David Bullock from Buffalo. Tootie’s first grandchild was Marylou’s son, Derek. Years later she blessed her with another, Luke—and Marilyn delivered three—Lauren, Jenna and Cody in that order. Mark and Lucy didn’t have their own children but in their later years they adopted Reese who was given Tootie’s maiden name in her honor. And, then—in 2012 she became a great grandmother to Derek and Leslie’s twins, Blake and Brynn, and later to Halle. Throughout her years Tootie was a wonderful mother, a loyal friend, and a blessing to anyone who had the good fortune of knowing her. Even during her last years as a memory care resident at Wellstead in Rogers, Minnesota she endeared the staff and residents. It was with great sorrow that we, her children, said goodbye to her this March 16th, 2016. We do know that she is in the comforting arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My hope is that they have stoves up there in heaven so that she can show off!
Tootie is survived by her son Mark Riethmiller and his daughter Reese, her daughter Marilyn and Dave Bullock, their three children, Lauren Tilus (Jake), Jenna Okerstrom, Cody (Dana) her daughter Marylou and Joel Swedberg, their sons Luke and Derek Swedberg (Leslie) and their three children Blake, Brynn and Halle.