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Dorothy Marie Rieke

October 19, 1930 — May 3, 2024

Julian

Dorothy Marie Rieke

    Dorothy Marie Rieke (Wilberger), 93, was born on October 19, 1930, in Julian, NE, in the house her grandfather helped build. Growing up on a farm meant raising chickens and riding horses, an activity she loved. 

   Dorothy graduated from Nebraska City High School and started teaching in a rural schoolhouse at age 16. Later, she received her bachelor's and master’s degrees in secondary education from Peru State College and took additional courses from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Oklahoma.

   In 1952, Dorothy married Kenneth Rieke, and they had a loving marriage for 71.5 years. Dorothy’s family called them the “lovebirds.” They enjoyed travel to Branson, Missouri, and Norton, Kansas, church activities, dinners with friends and quiet drives in the country.

   Dorothy invested in students' lives during her 44-year teaching career in secondary education. She taught in the Auburn, Stella, Humboldt, Johnson and Table Rock districts and loved every minute in the classroom. English was her primary subject, but she also coached volleyball and led a drama club.

   After retirement, she worked for Humanities Nebraska, speaking at 80 engagements and to over 4,000 people throughout Nebraska. Her topics included “Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins” and “Nebraska During the Great Depression."

   Her background as an English teacher equipped her to write and publish hundreds of magazine articles about various topics including travel, agriculture, historical events, baking and nostalgia. A few publications where her articles appeared include family RVing, Backyard Poultry, Country Neighbor, Nostalgia Digest and Escapees.

   Dorothy’s love for the Lord led her to many serving opportunities including taking homemade meals to the sick, inviting friends to holiday dinners, and teaching a Sunday School class at the Auburn Christian Church. She also sent monthly letters of encouragement to those in rest homes.

   Dorothy joined our Lord in Heaven on May 3, 2024. She is preceded in death by her parents, Marie and Roy Wilberger, and her sister, Phyllis Sanders. Survivors include her husband, Kenneth, her daughter, Cindy, and her sister-in-law Muriel Docker. 

   A funeral service will be Wednesday, May 8, 11:00 a.m. at the Auburn Christian Church.   Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. at Wyuka Cemetery in Nebraska City.  Visitation will be Tuesday 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with family greeting friends 5:00 to 6:00.

   Memorials are suggested to the Auburn Christian Church.
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Visitation

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

9:00am - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Hemmingsen Funeral Home

801 S St, Auburn, NE 68305

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Family Greeting Friends

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

5:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Hemmingsen Funeral Home

801 S St, Auburn, NE 68305

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

Auburn Christian Church

1100 15th St, Auburn, NE 68305

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