Mary C. Ries
November 15, 1917 ~ September 21, 2009
Mary C. Ries, age 91, of Elma, IA, died on Monday, September 21, 2009 at Colonial Manor in Elma. Mary Catherine (Schwickerath) Ries was born on November 15, 1917 to Lambert and Barbara (Pierre) Schwickerath in North Washington, IA. Mary attended St. Marys School in North Washington. On November 26, 1940 Mary was united in marriage to Ralph M. Ries at Immaculate Conception Church in North Washington. To this union eight children were born. Mary and Ralph rented farms for seven years in Chickasaw County and in 1947 they purchased their farm in Howard County, a mile west of Elma. In 1975 they retired and built a new home on the west side of Elma where Mary resided until moving into the Colonial Manor in January of 2007. She was an active farm girl growing up and farmed side by side with Ralph and their children. In 1978 she became a kitchen employee at Colonial Manor. The residents, staff and visitors fell in love with Marys cookies and all the many baked goods she made. In 1993 Mary retired again to continue with other hobbies. Mary enjoyed crocheting, quilting, playing cards, baking and cooking, spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grand children and even a great great grandchild. Family was number one to Mary. She was an active member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and a member of a womens club called Friends and Neighbors. Mary is survived by four sons, John L. (Cathy) Ries of Elma, IA, Ed R. (Jean) Ries of Spring Valley, MN, Mike L. (Janice) Ries of Cresco, IA and Gary L. (Mary Jo) Ries of Elma, IA; two daughters, Elaine (Chuck) Laures of Osage, IA and Marilyn (Gary) Schaudenecker of Alta Vista, IA; 17 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild; one brother Reynold (Corrine) Schwickerath of New Hampton and two sisters-in-law Margaret Schwickerath of Ionia, and Helen Ries of Elma. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ralph on December 3, 2001; two daughters Janice and Mary Ann in infancy; two sisters Josephine Schwickerath and Martha (Vernon) Sinnwell; four brothers, Walter Schwickerath, Ed Schwickerath, Louis (Orella) Schwickerath and Vincent (Marie) Schwickerath. Cemetery: Burial will be in St. Marys Cemetery at North Washington. Visitation: Visitation will be from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in Elma with a rosary at 4:30 pm and a scriptural wake service at 6:00 pm. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service at the funeral home in Elma. Service: Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 am on Friday, September 25, 2009 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, in Elma, Iowa with Father Ray Atwood as celebrant.