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Phyllis M Rieck

Phyllis M Rieck

Phyllis M. Rieck, age 74 of Modena, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse.

Phyllis was born on January 26, 1949 in Wabasha, MN at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. She was the daughter of Julius and Corlinda (Thompson) Erickson and grew up in the Modena Township. Phyllis attended Modena Grade School and graduated from Mondovi High School. After high school, Phyllis lived in Rochester and worked at St. Mary’s Hospital as a medical dietary department for several years. Phyllis married Gerald R. Rieck on October 14, 1972 at Lyster Lutheran Church in Nelson. After marriage they lived in Modena where they raised their family. Phyllis took a job in the bakery at the Mondovi Super Valu where she worked for over 30 years. She retired as the manager of the Bakery.

Phyllis enjoyed baking, sewing, gardening and cooking. She worked for her daughter, Missy at The Cottage in Durand, making flower deliveries during Valentine’s Day. Phyllis was active at church with the Ladies Aide and lutfisk dinners.  Most of all Phyllis loved spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

Phyllis is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gerald, children, Melissa “Missy” (Ken) Anibas of Arkansaw and Jason (Tanya) of Rock Falls, four grandchildren, MaKenna, Aliyah, Ali and Emercyn, sister, Janis (Gary) Holmen of Mondovi, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Corlinda Erickson and one brother, Everette Erickson.

Funeral Services will be 11:00AM Friday, February 24, 2023 at Lyster Lutheran Church in Urne, rural Nelson, with Rev. Michael Vetsch officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00PM-7:00PM Thursday at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Mark Carothers

    Jerry and family, so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately I'm not able to come down to tell you in person. Mark

  2. Beth Sterry Shoop

    Phyllis was a sweet and generous soul. We enjoyed our summer in Modena and our walks to Phyllis & Jerry’s house. I will miss catching up with you by our letters. Your kindness to our family will always be remembered. You will be missed by all who knew you!

  3. Benita Miles

    My deepest sympathy. Phillis was always so sweet, pleasant and a people person. Love you, Phyllis! See you again!—in Paradise (Revelation 21:4)


    our sympathy with all

  5. Scott & Rose sterry

    Our deepest condolences to the family. I enjoyed talking with her whenever we came for a visit to Modena. Thanks to Jerry for taking care of our grass. Enjoyed being up there! Rose & Scott Sterry

  6. Linda

    So sorry to hear of Phyllis passing. I was a friend and classmate of Phyllis. She was a wonderful gal.
    Prayers for the family . God Bless

  7. Judy and John parr

    Our sympathies with all

  8. Ron and Ardi Brenner

    Our condolences.

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