Verona, WI/Jeanette Laura Rieder-Kessenich, age 83, of Verona passed away on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Four Winds Manor in Verona.
She was born on August 14, 1930 in New Glarus, WI to her parents Albert and Laura (Baumgartner) Wittwer. Jeanette graduated from Verona High School in 1948. On March 21, 1949 she was united in marriage to Robert Rieder at Verona, WI. Following Robert's passing Jeanette married Romain Kessenich on August 4, 1985 at Waunakee, WI. Jeanette was a member of the St. Christopher Parish, Verona and the Order of the Eastern Star. Jeanette worked for many years as an administrative assistant for the University of Wisconsin Extension.
Jeanette will be remembered by all who knew and loved her as a strong, fun, compassionate woman that lit up a room. Her infectious laugh would stand out in a crowd. She loved to play cards, to sew, to bake apple pies, garden at her cottage and spend time with her family. But most of all Jeanette will be remembered for how much she loved to dance. The music, the friendships, the dance steps gave her great joy. She dances now among the stars.
Jeanette is survived by her husband Romain Kessenich; children Roberta (Tony) Wang, Ron (Patti) Rieder; grandchildren Daniel (Jesi) Wang, Katie (Matt) Heilman, Jessica (Jason) Grasl, Cory (friend Tara) Hayes, Andrea (Ryan) Anderson; great-grandchildren Parker, Paityn, Rylie June, Eli, Mckenzie, Riley, Connor, and Landry. She is further survived by her stepchildren Roger Kessenich, Annette (Dale) Ziegler, Rick (Linda) Kessenich, Randall (Nancy) Kessenich; step-grandchildren Crystal (Tom) Serres, Nicholas Kessenich, Daniel (Stephanie Manley) Kessenich, Michele Kessenich, Nathan Ziegler, Amanda (Ben) Rockow, Aaron (Tiffany) Ziegler, Christopher Ziegler, Brittani Kessenich, Samantha Kessenich, Cameron Kessenich, and Emeline Kessenich; step-great-grandchildren Macey, Hunter, Braxton, Wesley, Danala, Brady, and Aubrey;
She was preceded in death by her parents Albert Wittwer, Laura Wittwer-Spinti, stepfather Raymond Spinti, husband Robert Rieder, brother Cloyance Wittwer, sisters-in-law Mavis Wittwer, Theresa Rieder, and Evelyn Rieder-Ulvestad; brother-in-law Ralph Rieder.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at St. James Lutheran Church, 427 S. Main St., Verona, WI with Pastor Kurt Billings officiating with burial in the Verona Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call from 9:00 a.m. until time of services on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the St. James Lutheran Church in Verona.
Jeanette's family would like to sincerely thank the staff of Four Winds Manor and of Agrace Hospice Care for the compassionate care given their Mom during the time she resided at Four Winds.
The Becker-Beal Funeral Home of Belleville, WI is assisting the family.
An online memorial with guestbook is available at www.bealfuneralhomes.com
Dance like no one is watching
Sing like no one is listening
Love like you've never been hurt
And, live like it's heaven on Earth – Mark Twain