Karen Anne Riess

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, April 5, 1945
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Age:
74 years old

Visitation

Date: Monday April 22, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Prayer Service: 7:30 pm

Location: River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home [ view map ]

Second Visitation

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2019
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Tuesday April 23, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church [ view map ]

Burial

Location: Grandview Memorial Gardens [ view map ]

Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, April 5, 1945
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Age:
74 years old
Macken Funeral Home Memorial Photo
Date of Birth:
Thursday, April 5, 1945
Date of Death:
Sunday, April 14, 2019
Age:
74 years old

Karen Anne Riess

Ms. Riess, 74, passed away with her family by her side Sunday evening, April 14th, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, MN.

Ms. Riess was born April 5th, 1945. She was the eldest of six children born to Lawrence and Vera Lyons. Ms. Riess graduated from Plainview High School, MN in 1963. Following graduation, she moved to Rochester where she was employed by First Federal Bank. On October 1st, 1966, she married Darrell E. Riess at St. Joachim’s Catholic Church in Plainview, MN. In 1971 they started their family by adopting their son, Chad and daughter, Starr through Catholic Charities, which led them to becoming infant foster parents for the charity. Following her years of being a full time mother and homemaker she re-entered the work force as an Executive Administrative Assistant for the Rochester Area Foundation. She furthered her education earning an Associate in Arts Degree from Rochester Community College.

Karen will be missed by her two children, son, Chad (Dawn) D. Riess of Loveland, CO, and daughter, Starr (Bonn) E. Heller of Rochester, MN. Other survivors include grandchildren, Taylor (Jordan Hanson) M. Riess, Byron, MN, Jacob D. Riess, Springfield, MO, Grant (fiancée Mikayla Eischen) M. Heller, Rochester, MN, Grace E. Heller, Rochester, MN, Dustin Meyer, Rochester, MN, Brooke (Nick) Sikkink, Rochester, MN, Drew (fiancée Cora Sandow) Meyer, Twin Cities; brothers, Bob (Jean) Lyons, Plainview, MN, Ken Lyons, Lake City, MN, Don (girlfriend Shelly Carlson) Lyons, Faribault, MN; sisters, Jan (Lyle) Peters, Lake City, MN, and Barb Dickerman, Lino Lake, MN.

Karen is preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Darrell; and nephews, David Riess and Brenden Lyons.

Karen enjoyed participating in many organizations including serving as Coordinator/Fundraiser for the Star of the North Games, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 92, treasurer for St. Francis Catholic Church, volunteer for Zumbro Valley Mental Health Services, and President of Century Hills Court Townhome Association. Along with her devout faith in the Lord, Karen found joy in being a grandmother, gardening, bee charming and knitting. She will be remembered for her infectious laugh, fun loving banter and her strong sense of civic and patriotic pride.

I hope you dance, mom!

The Mass of Christian Burial for Karen Anne Riess will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 23rd at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (1114 3rd St. SE, Rochester, MN) with Rev. James Berning officiating. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 22nd in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home (1105 12th St. SE, Rochester, MN) and one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Tuesday.

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The family of Karen Anne Riess has received the following condolences.

My father, Trinh Nguyen, and family would like to send our condolences to the family. My father told me that I was named after Karen, as she made such an impression on both my parents. May god grant your family strength through this difficult time. 

So sorry for your loss, Karen will be missed. Sending prayers for her family. ??

So saddened and surprised to see Karen passed away. I had a nice visit with her during the Medicare Annual Election Period this past fall and she seemed so full of life. She is now with Darrell. May she rest in peace. 


 

Chad, Starr & families, our thoughts & prayers go out to you in this difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. She was a great lady & will be missed.

Karen and Darrell are together again. I will always remember the good times my wife Teri Riess and I had with the two of them and the Riess clan. Prayers to Starr and Chad on the loss of their mom. We will all miss her but.... Dance on Karen..... Darrell is waiting! 

I went to school with Karen she was a good friend and always laughing and smiling she will be missed

Condolences to siblings & families

A wonderful kind friend who will be sorely missed.  

Karen and her laugh will forever be missed.


Jim

Karen was the oldest. She was a Mother and Grandmother. She played a instrument in the high school band. A life long Girl Stater.