RICKERT, Ferne M. 1917-2004
RICKERT, SCHMIDT, EWOLDT
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Date: 9/11/2016 at 06:46:01
Ferne M. Rickert, 86, of Grundy Center, formerly of Reinbeck, died February 18 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo. Funeral services were February 21 at the Hand Funeral Home in Reinbeck. Burial followed in the Reinbeck Cemetery. A memorial fund is being established.
Ferne Myrle Schmidt was born on August 30, 1917, the daughter of William and Emmy (Ewoldt) Schmidt. Ferne attended Reinbeck Schools, graduating from Reinbeck High School in 1934. On June 15, 1935, she was married to Orville Rickert. Ferne worked for many years as a cook at several establishments in the Reinbeck area until her retirement in 1989. Ferne loved spending time with her family. She also enjoyed listening to a variety of styles of music. She enjoyed spending time planting gardens, canning and preparing meals. She was an avid collector of recipes. Ferne also liked to follow Iowa basketball, NASCAR, figure skating and gymnastics.
She is survived by her children: Robert and wife Gloria of Reinbeck, Betty Cooper and husband Dennis of Reinbeck, Jerry and wife Sandra of Waterloo, Donald of Charleston, SC, Joyce Newell of Ames and Jay of Grundy Center; 18 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Ferne was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and one grandchild, Matthew.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 February 2004, pg 3
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