Mary Ann (Barnhart) Riecke

August 18, 1930 ~ May 17, 2019 (age 88)

Mary Ann Riecke, 88 , a Churubusco resident, died at 5:20 pm, Friday, May 17, 2019, at the family residence.

Born August 18, 1930, in Churubusco, graduating from Churubusco High School in 1948. She then attended St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1951.

On April 26, 1952, she was united in marriage to Robert L. Riecke and the couple lived in the Churubusco area.

Her career with St. Joseph Hospital as a registered nurse spanned a period of 40 years working in the orthopedics department and retiring in 1992.

She was a member of St John Bosco Catholic Church, Rosary Society, and Saint Vincent DePaul Society.

Mary Ann loved flowers and baking. She worked in the kitchen at the church for funeral dinners. She was an avid Cubs and Purdue fan, but most of all her faith and her family came first in everything she did.

Mary Ann is survived by five daughters, Anne (Bill) Koehl of Fort Wayne; Marcia Hovermale of Lincoln, NE; Nancy (John) Richards of Churubusco; Linda (Fred) Richards of Fort Wayne; Amy (Doug) Pence of Churubusco; three sons, Tom (Mary) Riecke of Fort Wayne; Kevin (Trina) Riecke of Fort Wayne; Brian Riecke of Fort Wayne; 31 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Robert L. Riecke; great-grandson, Caleb Hovermale and two brothers, Max and Larry Barnhart.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Francis Chukwuma and Father Camillo Tirabassi as celebrants.  Calling also one hour prior to the mass at the funeral home.

Calling at the funeral home on Tuesday from 2-8 p.m., with a Holy Rosary service at 8 p.m.

Burial is at Eel River Cemetery, south of Churubusco.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Masses, Heartland Hospice or Fort Wayne Women's Care Center, 4600 W. Jefferson, Fort Wayne, IN 46804.

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Donations may be made to:

St. Johns Bosco Catholic Church
Churubusco IN 46723

Heartland Hospice
1315 Directors Row, #210, Fort Wayne IN 46808
Tel: 1-260-484-6810

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