||Theo Rieniets Buried Monday
Had Resided in This Community Since 1891
Anton Theodore Rieniets for 50 years a resident of this community, died at his home near Monticllo Friday, February 12, at 6 am. Funeral services were held at St. Matthew's church Monday afternoon at 2 pm in charge of the Rev. Henry L Adix, Lutheran pastor. Burial was made at the Bowen's Prairie cemetery.
Rieniets was born September 3, 1869 at Husum at Cleverns, Oldenburg, Germany, and was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran church in the same village. His parents were Johan Heinrich and Onke Margaret (Henrichs) Rieniets. He came to this country with his brother William in 1892.
He worked as a farm laborer until he was married to Gretke Hayen Burrack, May 10, 1899, at Monticello by the late Rev. C Mardorf. The family home has always been made on the same farm in Lovell township.
Mr and Mrs Rieniets became the parents of 3 children, Henry and Cecelia, at home, and Frederick who lives near by on a farm in Lovell township. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 3 stepdaughters: Grace (Mrs. Henry Freese); Lizzie (Mrs. Tobias Bohlken); Mary (Mrs. John Caspers). Meta, Emma, and Katie preceded him in death. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Henry of Castle Grove and William of Strawberry Point, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Rieniets' health declined after an eye operation 2 years ago. He had been confined to his home sine November, 1942. He was a regular attendant and an ardent supporter of St. Matthew's Lutheran church, and has served as secretary of the congregation for 25 years.
Rieniets had always been interested in dairy cows and took pride in a herd of Holsteins on his farm. He built and remodeled most of the buildings on the farm and erected a fine new home in 1911. He was a member of the The Express 50 Year Farmer club, of the AAA and Farm Bureau.
Source: Monticello Express, 9 February 1943.