Marietta Golterman Riese, passed away April 19, 2022, at the age of 88. She was born in Plentywood, Mont., and had been a resident of Leavenworth for 53 years.
She had a wonderfully adventurous childhood, growing up on a cattle ranch with her parents Joseph and Mary, two sisters Ada and Anna, and brother Paul. She loved reminiscing about her horses, high school friends and even her favorite calf that she trained. After graduating from Plentywood High School, Marietta attended The College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., for one year and then moved to Great Falls, Mont., where she worked as a bank teller. It was there that she met her future husband, Robert Riese who was an Army officer stationed in Great Falls with the Army Corps of Engineers. They were married on June 15, 1957.
Her adventurous life continued as a military wife, traveling extensively and living in many locations including Berlin, Germany, and Taipei, Taiwan, all while raising three children. They arrived in Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., in 1969 and both loved the area so much that they decided to buy some acreage in the country so she could pursue her love of horses. They lived in their rural Leavenworth home for almost 50 years.
Marietta had many interests and loved volunteering. She enjoyed painting, riding horses, gardening and attending tool shows with her husband. The two also researched their genealogy and would travel to gather information and meet distant relatives. They also shared a love of antiques and attended many auctions and antique stores where they would find countless treasures.
She was very active with the Boling 4-H club working in leadership roles, including many years as an adult leader for the horse group, and cleanup work at the Little Stranger Church. She was also a member of the Leavenworth Saddle Club and enjoyed riding her horse, Lady, in parades and trail rides.
Her volunteer activities also included the Frontier Army Museum at Fort Leavenworth, the St. John’s Hospital Gift Shop, Catholic Charities, and the St. Mary’s Food Kitchen in Kansas City, Kan. Marietta was a member of the Captain Jesse Leavenworth Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution plus the Lansing Historical Society.
Marietta was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Francis de Sales Church in Lansing. She sang in the choir for many years. She truly enjoyed her time spent there and the friends she made.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert; her sisters; and her brother.
Marietta is survived by her sons, Stephen Riese and his wife, Velora and Bill Riese and his wife, Lisa; a daughter, Kathy Wismer and her husband, David; two granddaughters and four grandsons.
Visitation beginning with the praying of the rosary will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2022, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, at St. Francis de Sales Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Donations can be made to St. Francis de Sales, Lansing, Kam., or the Lansing Historical Society.