Denise “Dee” D. Riesen, 52, of Beatrice, Neb., passed away at her home on Sunday, May 27, 2018.
She was born May 23, 1966, in Wichita to Charles and Margaret (Klein) Kaltenbach. She was raised in south-central Kansas and graduated from Goessel High School in 1984. Dee then attended Bethel College for three years, where she met and later married Daryl Riesen on June 6, 1987, in Goessel. Daryl and Dee then moved to Beatrice, where she went on to receive her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1988. She taught elementary education at Tri County Public School starting in the fall of 1989 until her retirement in May of 2015.
Dee enjoyed gardening, landscaping and working on the farm, but the most important things were her family and her passion for teaching kids.
Survivors include her husband, Daryl of Beatrice; two sons, Christopher Riesen of Newton and Kyle Riesen of Beatrice; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Terri and Duane Hansen of Lincoln, Neb., Sharon and Alex Gonzalez of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Kim and Craig McLoughlin of Bohemia, N.Y.; brother and sister-in-law, Charles Jr. and Jeanette Kaltenbach of Wichita; mother-in-law, Elsie Riesen of Beatrice; two brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Byron and Denise Riesen of Beatrice and Kim Riesen of Fenwood, Wisc.; numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorial services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at First Mennonite Church of rural Beatrice with Pastor Brett Klingenberg officiating. Private family burial will take place prior to the services on Friday in the First Mennonite Church Cemetery of rural Beatrice.
A family prayer service will be at 2:15 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be given to the family for future scholarships to be established for students majoring in elementary education with Jim Ensz and John Penner in charge. Closed casket visitation will be from 3 p.m. Wednesday to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice. The family will meet and greet friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Fox Funeral Home of Beatrice in charge of arrangements.