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Edna Reicks

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Edna Reicks age 81 of Lawler, IA, died Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the Patty Elwood Center in Cresco. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 27, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. Placing the pall will be Ardie and Edna's sons. Lectors for the service are Fallon Reicks, Olivia Reicks and Kaylie Reicks. Presenting the offertory gifts will be Brooks Reicks, Lance Pineda and Seth Reicks. Jeanette Dietzenbach will be the organist accompanying Daryl Kuehner and 'Fusion'. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Reed Reicks, Ivan Reicks, Brady Reicks, Louis Reicks, Dayton Reicks and Jade Reicks as pallbearers. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, 2015, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Lawler, where there will be a 4:00 p.m. Rosary and a 7:30 p.m. Parish Scripture Service. Visitation continues one hour prior to the Mass on Thursday. Edna Florence Reicks was born November 13, 1933, on the Blong family farm near Lawler, IA, the daughter of Louis and Elizabeth (Balk) Blong. She received her education at the Mt. Carmel Catholic School in Lawler and was the Valedictorian of the Lawler High School Class of 1952. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator in Mason City. After some time in Mason City, Edna moved back to Lawler where she worked at the former State Bank of Lawler. While at a dance, she met Ardwin Reicks and the couple was married on June 6, 1955 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church. To this union five sons were born; Dale, Dan, Dean, Darwin and Dana. The couple farmed and raised their family north of Lawler. Edna will be remembered by her family and friends as a woman who never took the word ‘no’ for an answer. She was generous and giving to her family, to her friends and to the many communities she was an integral part of. Edna put her heart and soul into raising all the funds to build the Chickasaw Center in New Hampton. She was an accomplished pianist and organist from her youth, having played at her church and for countless weddings and funerals. She was an excellent seamstress, making a large amount of her families clothing, when they were young. She loved acting in the Country Road Players, the Chickasaw County Players, the New Hampton Community Players and as an ’extra’ in two movies. In addition to traveling extensively, Edna and Ardwin hosted many exchange students, and still regularly visit and keep in contact with Roberto Chihan, Niels Ejskjaar, John Abraham, Jaime Tapius, and William Mancipe. Her many memberships included the Women of Today, the Catholic Daughters of the America’s, the New Hampton Rotary Club, and she was a Master Gardener. Edna is survived by her husband, Ardwin; four sons, Dale (Laura) Reicks, Dan (Nona) Reicks, all of New Hampton; Dean (Sandy) Reicks of Lawler and Darwin (Shelley) Reicks of St. Peter, MN; fourteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two brothers, Cyril Blong of Milwaukee and Cletus Blong of Elma; one sister, Mary Gebel of New Hampton. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Dana Reicks; granddaughter, Melissa Reicks; two sisters, Patricia Ondrashek and Arlene Blong; one brother, Louis Blong, Jr.

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  1. Hugeback-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Services created a video in memory of Edna Reicks

  2. Growing up with Ardie and Edna as close family friends, always makes me smile. Going to Gouldsburg Park, canoeing, swimming, family picnics and movie matinee’s. I saw The Sound of Music as a new release, with Edna and My Mom and our families! You have been a Great Friend Edna! I will miss You! Artie I am glad we have gotten to visit with you and Edna many times this last year. Our Thoughts and Prayer’s go out to both You and Edna. Love You Both! Gary and Connie Reicks

  3. Edna was such a special lady. I enjoyed all the little talks we had over the years. She was so proud of her family. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with Ardie, her four sons and their families. With sympathy, Barb Boeding

  4. Sending our DEEPEST SYMPATHY for the entire family of Edna, Prayers and Thoughts are with you during this time for your loss of Loved One! Lyn Bruns and Jack Meissen

  5. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Edna’s family during this difficult time. May you all have comfort knowing that she left a lot of fond memories. Gary & Janel Kuennen & Family

  6. Love – Molly&Andy, Brenda&Joel, Brian&Crystal, Pat&Sam purchased the Serene Retreat for the family of Edna Reicks.


  8. We are so sorry for your loss. Cherish all the wonderful memories and take comfort in knowing she is with the Lord.

  9. Our deepest sympathies to Ardie and family – Being around Edna always put a smile on our faces. A wonderful lady! I’m sure you will have comfort in all the wonderful times you’ve had the opportunity to share with her. Paulie & Debbie Dietzenbach

  10. Our deepest sympathy to all of you with the passing of Edna. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of healing. Mark and Nena Winter and family

  11. Ardie and to all the Reicks family Our deepest sympathy to everyone . I’ll never forget Edna she was a very special person and dedicated to her work. May God comfort you with your loss Donnie & Delores Knutson

  12. Our thoughts and prayers for Edna’s family and friends. She always reminded us of a whirl-wind, getting one thing finished only to find hundred more that she was working on. Tireless in her ambition to make this world a better place for her family and the community. A very fine Lady, who we were honored to know, God Bless

  13. Edna was one of the strongest and most determined woman I knew growing up. What a legacy she has left behind. Sincerely, Sharon Huber

  14. Deepest sympathy and our condolences to Edna’s family at her death. We loved being in New Hampton plays with her and will always remember her in her role in ‘Fiddler On the Roof’. One could tell she really enjoyed it. We also appreciated her work with our local senior community. Blessings on you all during this difficult time. Pr. Kevin & Val Frey

  15. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Edna’s family during this difficult time. May you all have comfort knowing that she left a lot of fond memories. Margie & Kevin Nienhaus

  16. To Edna’s family, you have our deepest sympathy…..I always admired Edna’s energy and can-do spirit…no grass ever grew under her feet! I especially smile when I remember her telling our Women, Land and Legacy her adventure of having her purse stolen…she had the group in stitches and yet got the point across! Oh the memories and stories you must have….enjoy them and may they comfort you at this time. Tom and Connie

  17. Our sincere sympathy to the Reicks Family. We just attended an event at the Chickasaw Event Center on Saturday & noticed Edna’s picture on the wall. She did a lot for the community & will be missed! Take care as you are in thoughts at this difficult time.

  18. So sorry to hear of Edna’s passing. Please know you are all in my thoughts & prayers. I have so many memories of Edna that put a smile on my face as I know all of you do, too. Hang tight to those memories & cherish them. God Bless You All. Mary Kay (Bengfort) Stee

  19. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to Edna’s husband Ardwin, their children Dale, Danny, Dean, Darwin and their families, Edna’s sister Mary Agnes and her two brothers. Edna was my dear friend and will be greatly missed. I will treasure forever many happy memories of yesterdays with Edna. We find comfort in 2 Corinthians, Chap. 5, v. 1, For we know that if the earthly house in which we dwell be destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made by human hands, eternal in the heavens (Confraternity Version). Marilyn Reicks

  20. Deepest sympathy to Ardwin and family: I remember being your hired girl doing the cleaning and baking for all those boys. Made lots of baked goods on Saturdays and by the time I left I could have started all over again! Know that she is ina better place and Ardie God Bless you for taking care of her. She will be greatly missed. Now she can play music with her SON. ‘Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day unseen and unheard, but always near , still loved and missed ‘ Ron Phyllis (Wurzer) Elsbernd

  21. Our sincere sympathy to all of Edna’s family. She was a great lady and friend. We always loved visiting with her. May you have peace and many happy memories always. Jack and Betty Gorman

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