Evelyn Mildred (Peterson)
Evelyn Mildred (Peterson) Rieger, 80, of Lemmon, SD, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the West River Medical Center, Hettinger, ND.
“Evie” Peterson was born June 27, 1938, in Lemmon, South Dakota, to George and Mildred (Peterson) Peterson of Morristown, South Dakota. She was baptized on May 11, 1940, at Wolf Butte Evangelical Lutheran Church, Bucyrus, ND, and lived on the Peterson homestead near Gopher, SD, until 1950, when the family moved to Lemmon and purchased the Hill Top Laundry. Evelyn was confirmed on May 5, 1955, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Lemmon. After graduating from Lemmon High School in 1956, she was married to Robert (Bob) Rieger of Meadow, SD, on September 7, 1956. Side-by-side they ranched and raised their family until moving to Lemmon in 1998. She was long time member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church active with Ladies Aid and assisted with many other projects around the church.
While in Lemmon, Evelyn worked for several years in the kitchen at Five Counties Nursing Home. One of her greatest passions was working on many crafts projects which she made available at Lemmon’s Holiday Fair. Many of her craft projects were gifts to her children and grandchildren. She continued to embroider dish towels up to her final days. She relished playing games especially Scrabble, Dominos, and cards with her friends, children, and particularly her grandchildren. She continued working side-by-side with Bob maintaining their yard before downsizing to their apartment.
Evelyn is survived by her husband, of 62 years, Robert and their five children: Vickie (Wade) Peterson of Lemmon; Georgine (Ted) Quade of Waukesha, WI; June (Kent) Quade of Randolph, WI, Donald (Tammy) of Milbank, SD, and Debbie (Kim) Salzsieder of Custer, SD. Grandchildren Nathan (Kelly) Quade of Eau Claire, and their children Dawson, Savannah, and Tanner; Rachel (Jake) Kearns of Markesan, WI, and their children Sawyer and Colt; Samantha (Andy) Dolgner of Randolph, WI, and their children Ruby and Parker; Joseph Quade of Madison, WI; RJ Rieger of Durango, CO; Jocelyn Rieger of Harrisburg, SD; Craig (Jena) Salzsieder of Bozeman, MT. One sister, Phyllis Miller of Custer, SD. Brothers-in-law Ray Rieger of Roseville, MN; Oscar (Lorraine) Rieger of Rapid City, SD, Ernie Schafer of New Leipzig, ND, and sister-in-law Ruth Rieger of Willmar, MN, along with many other nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Evelyn Rieger was preceeded in death by her parents, two brothers, Lloyd Peterson, George “Pete” Peterson, and one granddaughter Nicki Salzsieder.
Her Victory Service was held 10:30am Thursday, April 25, 2019, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lemmon, SD, with Pastor Mark Weis, officiating. Burial will be in Greenhill Cemetery.
Serving as Honorary Casketbearers are her 7 great grandchildren and Active Casketbearers are her 7 grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Five Countries Nursing Home, Lemmon Ambulance Service, and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.