Gretchen's Story

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Gretchen Ann Riester, 79, of Lebanon, passed away Sept. 13, 2017, at Brentwood North Healthcare in Chicago. Gretchen was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Indianapolis, the daughter of the now late Harry and Louise (Fleischmann) Grothe.
She married Vincent Jude Riester on July 15, 1961. Vincent passed away on Sept. 27, 2010.
Gretchen worked as a registered nurse at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis before becoming a mother. She was active in the St. Joseph Catholic Church for more than 20 years. Gretchen was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her children, Michele (Tim) Coyne of Glenview, Ill., Marcee (Eric) Russell of Tacoma, Wash., and Matt (Dawn) Riester of Carmel; her grandchildren, Nicholas, Emily and Isaac Russell, and Christopher and Elizabeth Riester; her brothers, Robert (Pauline) Grothe and Richard (Jan) Grothe; and her sisters-in-law, Sharon (Steve) Terry and Mary Agnes Riester. Gretchen was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Vincent.
Family and friends will gather Saturday, Sept. 23, for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian burial at 11 a.m. in the St. Joseph Catholic Church, 319 E. South St., Lebanon. Gretchen will be laid to rest at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, has been entrusted with handling the arrangements.
Published on September 18, 2017
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