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Grace Riecke

June 27, 1921 - July 3, 2006 CLARKFIELD -- Grace Myrtle Riecke, 85, of Clarkfield, died Monday at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital. The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clarkfield Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Clarkfield Luthera...

June 27, 1921 - July 3, 2006

CLARKFIELD -- Grace Myrtle Riecke, 85, of Clarkfield, died Monday at the Chippewa County-Montevideo Hospital.

The service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clarkfield Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Clarkfield Lutheran Church.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Lynner Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7 p.m.

She was born June 27, 1921 in Hanson County in South Dakota to Charles and Grace (Bloom) Ross. Her mother died on the day Grace was born and she was raised by family members. She graduated from high school in Etham, S.D.

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She married Clarence Riecke on Nov. 30, 1941 in Rapid City, S.D. They moved to Hill City, S.D., where they operated Rick's Standard Station-Motel. They later moved to Rapid City where they ran a motel. In 1962, they moved to Granite Falls where they owned and operated the Scenic Valley Motel. In 1970 they moved to Clarkfield, where she worked at Forsberg's Market, Grinager's Store and the Clarkfield Care Center. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Clarkfield Lutheran Church and was active in ladies aid and Bible study.

She is survived by children: Paulette (and Bob) Grieger of Wood Lake, Martha (and Rodney) Jans of Montevideo, Ross (and Kayann) Riecke of Clarkfield, Julie (and Dean) Olson of Cottonwood and Pam (and Brian) Ebnert of New York Mills; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister and three brothers, including one in infancy.

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