Charlene J. Rieken, 81, of Chebanse, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at her home after a short battle with cancer.
She was born on March 1, 1940, the daughter of William and Bernice (Martin) Kleinert. She married Ronald R. Rieken on August 27, 1960, he passed away on December, 8, 2010.
She is survived by a daughter Jackie (Randy) Singh of Phoenix, Arizona, two sons, Randy (Merri) Rieken, and Tim (Jill) Rieken, all of Clifton, a step-daughter, Debbie (Denny) Rehn, of Kirkland; eight grandchildren, Ashlyn (Matt) McCoy, Zach Singh, Dustin Rieken, Holly (Chester) Ace, Mariana Rieken, Dylan Rieken, Sarah Rehn, and Molly (Nick) Kisling; three great-grandchildren, Preston McCoy, Paisley Rieken, and Sylvia Rieken; two brothers Darryl (Ruth) Kleinert of Chebanse, and Allyn (Marlis) Kleinert of Ashkum; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Charlene graduated from Clifton Central High School in 1958.
She was a member of United Church of Christ in Chebanse. Charlene was a homemaker, worked at First Trust Bank in Kankakee, and also worked in retail while living in Arizona. She loved spending time with her family, classmates, neighbors, and friends. She loved making sure she had a connection with everyone by finding out their family history and where they were from. Charlene enjoyed decorating her house, herself and her dog for every holiday. She was very active in her church and loved to help with the Sunday School Program.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Venita (Vernon) Kelly, and a brother-in-law John Rieken.
Visitation will be on Friday, October 15, 2021 from 4pm-7pm at Knapp Funeral Home in Clifton and 1 hour prior to the service on Saturday at United Church of Christ in Chebanse.
A funeral service will be at 10am on Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the United Church of Christ in Chebanse with Pastor Marsha Collins officiating.
Graveside services will be held immediately following the funeral service at Evergreen Cemetery in Chebanse.
Memorials may be made to the United Church of Christ or to Uplifted Care (formerly Hospice of Kankakee Valley).