Rieka C. Otto, 97, of Le Mars, died suddenly Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2006, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Rieka C. Ahrendt was born April 9, 1909, on the family farm in Grant Township, rural Plymouth County, the daughter of Fred and Grace (Kramer) Ahrendt. Rieka was baptized and confirmed at Christ Lutheran Church. She received her education at Christ Lutheran Parochial School and a country school in Grant Township. Rieka was united in marriage to Fred Otto on Jan. 17, 1935, at Christ Lutheran Church. Rieka and Fred farmed west of Le Mars until 1968 when they retired and moved to Le Mars. She later worked at K-Products in Le Mars for several years in the 1970s.
Her faith was always a very important part of her life. As a youth she belonged to Luther League and later helped with Junior Luther League, taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for more than 20 years. She had also been involved with circle for many years. In later years she made countless quilts for family, friends, and missions. During the last year of her life, Rieka made over 70 quilts.
Rieka enjoyed baking bread and cookies. She cherished the times when family and friends would stop by her home for a cappuccino, cookies, and most importantly visiting.
Survivors include her three children: Vic and his wife Vickie Otto of Colfax, Calif., Lorna Tishendorf of Eugene, Ore., and LeAnna Nagel of Rockton, Ill.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Bennie Ahrendt of Le Mars; and several nieces and nephews, including Marlys and Wilma Renken who had a very special relationship with Aunt Rieka.
Rieka was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Grace (Kramer) Ahrendt; her husband Fred in 1994; a son, Bernard in 1940; three brothers: Henry, Fred, and Carl Ahrendt; and three sisters: Amanda Renken, Emma Ahrendt, and Marie Renken.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, at Christ Lutheran Church, Grant Township rural Le Mars, with the Rev. Daniel Gerrietts officiating. Interment will be in Christ Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Sunday at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue Monday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Chad Dreckman, Todd Lang, Bruce Frerichs, Tim Renken, Terry Renken, and Bob Johnson.
Condolences may be sent through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.