Memorial services for Madalen T. Rief age 97 of West Point, NE will be on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in West Point, NE, with a luncheon to follow in the GA Cafeteria. Interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be on Friday, January 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the church, with a Christian Mother's Rosary at 4:00 p.m, followed by a American Legion Auxiliary Post #70 service,. and a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the church. Minnick Funeral Home in West Point, NE is assisting the family with the arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to GA-CC Endowment Fund. St Mary’s Catholic Church.
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Madalen passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at St. Joseph's Hillside Villa in West Point, NE.
Madalen T. Rief was born on February 1, 1922 at West Point, NE to Frank and Johanna (Risse) Marksmeier. She attended St. Anthony’s School-St. Charles, rural West Point, NE.
On October 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to Leroy Rief at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church-St. Charles, rural West Point, NE. From this union five children were born, Richard, Evelyn, Marvin, Helen, and Kenneth.
The couple lived on a farm northeast of West Point, NE. Madalen worked as a bookkeeper alongside her husband at the West Point Coop. Upon Leroy’s retirement, the couple enjoyed spending the winter months in Edenburg, TX. In retirement her sewing skills were used to make jean quilts for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. As well as hundreds of lap robs for the Veterans Home in Norfolk, NE. Delivering them all personally each year upon returning from Texas. When she moved into the St. Joseph’s Retirement Community –she continue to make the veteran quilts and she would sew and mend clothes for all her friends living there. She continued to sew up until 18 months ago for family and friends. Madalen spent the last 13 months at St. Joseph’s Hillside Villa in West Point.
Madalen was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Guild, Christian Mother’s, and was a life member of American Legion Auxiliary Post #70. She enjoyed dancing and gardening and would can anything that would fit into a jar. Especially in the winter when doing the family butchering-her families favorite besides the homemade sausages was her famous canned meat. The famous “Oatmeal Meat” has been passed down from her to two generations, and is still a family “delicacy” today.
Survivors include-children: Richard and wife Mary Jo of Plymouth, MI Evelyn & Gene Meier of Plattsmouth, NE, Marvin & Dorothy Rief of Grand Island, NE, Helen and Kenny Engelmeyer of Valley, NE, and Ken & Pam Rief of West Point, NE; grandchildren: Michael & Susan Rief, Christopher Rief, Francis and Bradley Kwapizeskis, Eve & Kyle Legal. Deb & Kent Colgrove, Jane & Jerry Steffes, Lori Meier, Nancy & Steve Robeson. Julie & Brian Riedel, Angie & Kevin Wray. Brian Rief, Brad & Kristen Rief. David Engelmeyer, Joe & Amy Engelmeyer. Dustin & Jaqueline Rief, Heather & Jeramiah Johnson, Brittany & Mike Sones; great grandchildren: Mary, Carter, Anna Grace Rief, Andrew and Alex Rief, Sarah, Hannan and Abigail Kwapizeskis, Margaret and Mya Legal. Jenny Wiles, Matt and Mike Colgrove, Ryan and Ashley Sterffes, Elayna Meier, Devin, Caleb, Coryn, & Levi Rief. Kylie, Ella, and Olivia Wray, MaKayla and Coby Rief, Lauren, Meredith, and Nolan Rief. Aaron, Ellie and Aydan Engelmeyer, Ethan, Emma and Evan Engelmeyer, Marshall, Kennedy and Justice Rief, Chase and MaKayla Johnson. Braydan and Willa Sones; and her sister LaVerne Wiese of Seward, NE
Preceeded in death by her parents, husband, Leroy. brother, Martin and wife Marie Marksmeier, Sister Emelda and husband Vernon Kluthe. Brother in laws Richard Wiese, Harry & Magdalen Rief, Casper and Bernadine Rief, Victor and Gertrude Peatrowsky, Anton Kappius, Marie Rief Kappius and Edna Kappius.