Laura Mae Riewerts


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Posted Online: March 15, 2014, 5:59 pm
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Laura Mae Riewerts, 93, of Hillsdale, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Hammond-Henry Long-term Care, Geneseo.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Bethel Baptist Church, 27308 108th Ave. N., Port Byron. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Burial will be at Fairfield Cemetery, rural Port Byron. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church.
The former Laura Mae Hines was born Aug. 21, 1920, in Mercer County, daughter of Edward and Lena Pearl Lee Hines. She attended nursing school at Moline Public Hospital. On Oct. 11, 1941, she married W. Leland Riewerts in Hillsdale.
Laura enjoyed being a farm wife, which, among many things, included her egg route. She also enjoyed growing fresh flowers, strawberries and rhubarb. She was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church and a member of the Farm Bureau.
Laura is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Laura B. Riewerts, Hillsdale; grandchildren (and their spouses), Brent (Lindy) Riewerts, Hillsdale, Renae (John) Johnson, Port Byron, Kim (Jon) Chamberlain, Geneseo, and Alaina Riewerts, Hillsdale; great-grandchildren, Austin, Brandon and Kyle Johnson and Trent, Tyler and Ashlynn Chamberlain; brother-in-law, Roger Riewerts, Loveland, Colo.; sisters-in-law, Mildred Woodburn, Port Byron, Delma Jean Walline, East Moline; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland in 1999; brothers, Paul, Frank and Earl Hines; sisters, Mary Jones, Ruth Reiling and Edna Miller; and a niece, Beverly Michael.
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