Gloria Rieck, 1924-2017

Gloria Augusta Rieck, 92, of LaPorte, and formerly of Venice, FL, died Tuesday, May 9, 2017.  

She was born Aug. 17, 1924, in Detroit, MI, the loving daughter of Herman G. and Jennie (Pollaschek) Behr.

Gloria was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved reading, drawing, painting and ceramics, and was a natural decorator. Gloria loved irises, violets and orchids, and could grow vegetable gardens anywhere! She was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church and a devout Christian. Throughout her lifetime, she traveled to many countries. Gloria was a volunteer for Stephens Ministries, and a facilitator for Marriage Encounter. She loved walking the beach in Florida and collecting shark’s teeth and shells.

On May 22, 1944, she married David H. Rieck, who preceded her in death June 30, 1991.

Gloria leaves loving memories to be cherished by her daughters, Judie (Jim) Dermody of LaPorte, Pamela (Wayne Mills) Johnson of Winter Haven, FL; son, Richard (Karen) Rieck of Mundelein, IL; grandchildren, Jay (Danielle) Johnson, Jeff (Margaret) Johnson, Shawn (Maor) Starr Ben-Shitrit, Deena (Marc) Traina, Matt (Katy) Dermody, Todd (Brooke) Dermody, Sarah Dermody, Kelsey Rieck, David Rieck, and Kevin Rieck; and eight great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. Frank L. Keszei Funeral Home, Essling Chapel, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Hospice, 501 Marquette St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well as at esslingfuneralhome.com.

2 Responses to “Gloria Rieck, 1924-2017”

  1. Marlys Letts

    May 11. 2017

    What a lovely lady who will be sorely missed by so many – especially the Friday lunch gals that adored her. I, myself, though so highly of her and extend deepest condolences to the entire family. May God give you peace as he has now given dear Gloria.

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  2. Becky Bartlett

    May 23. 2017

    My deepest sympathy and condolences to your family in this time of loss. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

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