In honor of Lucy Reithmiller, who’s lived to love the Lord & others:

Karen Krueger
Dear Minnesota Prayer Leaders,
Many of you have received the news of Lucy Riethmiller going home to be with with Jesus this past Monday, July 2, 2012. Even though for we who remain this is a sad time of goodbye there is no mistaking that the life of a precious gem in the Lord’s eyes is now with him. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (2 Corinth 5:7) Oh my how this scripture resonates within me now.

I spent several hours with Lucy in the past month and even though I have known Lucy for nearly 15 years, this too has been very precious time together. Much of the time that Lucy spent in the hospital, even though she was struggling physically, there was a richness of God’s presence continually. Lucy and those that stayed with her spent most of the time in worship, reading scripture and conversations that was full of the word and promises of God.

Now that she has graduated to her glorious home in heaven and has started a brand new chapter in her eternal life, we are left with joyous, precious memories of Lucy. Along with our memories there is a deposit that we all carry of the loving, compassionate, caring and generous person that Lucy has been each of our lives.

Below is information about the services in Buffalo this Friday and Saturday You can go to the Deborah Company International website for more information. Those that would like can make an on-line memorial donation to Deborah Company Midwest of which Lucy was the president. That donation can be made through this link

Lucile Riethmiller
June 21, 1956 – Monday, July 2, 2012

Visitation information
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Friday, July 6, 2012 409:30 p.m.

Service Information
Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN
Saturday, July 7, 2012 11:00 A.M.

Lucy Riethmiller, 56, beloved wife of Mark Riethmiller and mother of Reese Marie (12) passed away in Rochester, Minnesota at Methodist Hospital July 2, 2012. She succumbed to a battle with cancer she didn’t know she was fighting until May 31st of this year when she fell ill with a stomach ache. She had fought and won the battle with Ocular Melanoma in 2006 through radiation and prayer and amazingly kept her 20/20 vision. In tests as late as March 2011 no signs of cancer were found.

She and Mark spent their early married life in Texas. She was a travel agent and he was in civil engineering. After years of sending people on vacations and traveling a good part of the world herself, Lucy changed professions and led a spirit filled life helping people and creating Christian charity organizations. She enrolled at Christ for the Nations Institute in 1987 and graduated from Southwestern University of Waxahachie, TX in 1992 with a BA in Pastoral Counseling. Her biggest enjoyment came from advocating for people and helping them navigate through hard times.

During her second career she has worked with YWCA Women’s Shelter in Bridgeport, CT; Modern Times Café for the homeless in Minneapolis; Fairview Hospital as Pastoral Counselor and Drug Rehab Specialist; for Wright County presenting self-esteem classes; and ministering Christian counseling though her non-profit service organization, Life Resources, in Buffalo, MN.

She was also the president of Deborah Company Midwest– a Christian women’s organization which develops spiritual leaders to take on relevant tasks. They are involved in leadership training, pro-life, autism awareness and domestic abuse prevention as well as evangelism. Mark and Lucy’s adopted daughter Reese Marie is autistic and Lucy was also a member of the Autism Task Force.

Lucy is survived by her husband Mark and her daughter Reese of Buffalo, MN; her mother and step father, Eleanor and Thomas Lindsey of San Antonio, TX; her sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Mike Jacobs of Red Oak, TX, their children Mary, and her children (Malachi, Caden, and Zion) in TX and Daniel (Janae) of CA and their children Lily and Liam; her brother, Richard Johnson now in China; mother-in-law: Mary “Tootie” Reese of Buffalo; Mark’s sister and brother-in-law, Marylou and Joel Swedberg of Howard Lake and their children Derek (Leslie) and Luke of MN; and Mark’s younger sister and brother-in-law Marilyn and David Bullock of Buffalo and their children Lauren, Jenna and Cody (Dana).
Arrangements are by Peterson Chapel of Buffalo. Visitation will take place from 4:00 to 9:30 on Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo, MN. There will be a time of sharing at 7:00 that evening. The funeral will be at Zion Lutheran on Saturday, July 7th at 11 AM. A luncheon will be served after the interment at nearby Swedish Mission Cemetery. Flower arrangements can be handled through Buffalo Floral.

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