MaryEllen Riedel

MaryEllen Riedel, 79, of La Porte, passed away unexpectedly at 12:31 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 2021 in her home.


She was born April 27, 1942, in Grosse Pointe, Michigan.


MaryEllen graduated with a double major in French and English from Valparaiso University. She was a teacher and certified financial planner. MaryEllen formerly taught at Hobart High School and Bates Mental Facility. She regularly went to the Michigan City and La Porte Senior Centers.


In 1964, in Hamlet, Indiana, she married Fritz Martin Adolf Riedel, who preceded her in death.


Also preceding in death were her parents; one brother, Donald Koebbe; and one grandson, Daniel Hodum.


Surviving are her two sons, Carl (Mei) Riedel of Chesterton and Grant (Donna) Riedel of Rolling Prairie; three grandchildren, Nicholas, Kaitlyn and Madelain Riedel; and two great-grandchildren, Aiden Butler and Elliott Terusiak.


Cremation will take place. There will be no services. Lakeview Funeral Home & Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte, (219) 362-3100 is caring for the arrangements.


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Memorial contributions may be directed to ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929 and/or Native American Rights Fund, Planned Giving 1506 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 in memory of MaryEllen Riedel.


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