Marguerite Phyllis Riediger was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Le Mars, the daughter of Clarence and Marguerite (Walsh) Schulz. Her mother died the day she was born and her father four years later. Phyllis was then raised by the A.J. and Elsie Heimgartner family who farmed near Le Mars.
She graduated from Le Mars High School in 1948. She moved to Denver, Colo., and worked at General Rose Memorial Hospital.
On Jan. 31, 1951, Phyllis and Dale Vernon Riediger were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. Together Phyllis and Dale farmed east of Hinton where they raised their family.
Phyllis also worked at Sacred Heart Hospital in Le Mars and New Horizons Nursing Home in Sioux City. In later years she worked at Harker's Meats in Le Mars for 13 years and the AmeriHost Inn. Dale died Jan. 30, 2001.
Phyllis was a member at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. Along with participating in many church functions, Phyllis constructed the altar adornment that is still present today.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting and all types of craft work. Along with other hobbies, Phyllis was an exceptional flower gardener.
She was also an avid fisherman and took numerous fishing trips, including an annual August trip to Minnesota.
She will be lovingly remembered by her three sons, Douglas and his wife, Colleen, of Wakonda, S.D., Myron, of rural Hinton, and Kendall and his wife, Diane, of Lawton; her daughter, Beth Breeden and her husband, Doug, of Lakeville, Minn.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister JoEllen Cronin, of Le Mars; a brother, Harlan Heimgartner, of Redlands, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and foster parents; husband, Dale; a brother-in-law, Ronald Cronin; a nephew, Monty Riediger; and a niece, Sharon Jonas.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, rural Hinton. The Rev. Steven Stoll will officiate. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer - Johnson Funeral Home in Le Mars. The family will be present to greet friends from 5-8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral on Saturday.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.