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Robert Henry Rieder
Robert Henry Rieder, 89 of Monroe, passed away quietly at home in the loving presence of family following a long illness on Saturday, August 9, 2014. He was born April 8, 1925, in Monroe, WI to the late William C. and Eunice (Smith) Rieder. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe and member of St. Clare of Assisi (St. Victor) Church where he attended grade school. Robert received the Citizenship Award while attending Monroe High School. After graduation in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan. Following an honorable discharge in 1946, Robert entered the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Upon graduation in 1950, he joined The Monroe Clinic as Assistant Business Manager, and became Administrator in 1973, continuing in this position until his retirement in 1990. He served in leadership positions in a number of professional, civic, church and community service organizations. As a violinist and horn player, Robert shared a great love of music with his wife Mary Alice (Graham), whom he met while serving as President of the University of Wisconsin Orchestra, and whom he married May 3, 1952 in Racine, WI. Robert is survived by his wife Mary Alice; daughter Mary Joy (Michael Peroz) of Eagan, MN; son Robert (Anita) and their children Gillian and Nathalie, all of Eden Prairie, MN; and son Richard (Connie) of Monroe; brothers William (Marie) of Madison; and Kenneth (Yvonne) of Solon, Ohio. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, 1760 14th Street, Monroe, with Father Larry Bakke, Celebrant. Interment with military honors will be in Calvary Cemetery, Monroe, followed by a luncheon at the church. Visitation will be at the Newcomer Funeral Home, Monroe, on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to St. Clare of Assisi Parish or The Apostolate to the Handicapped. The family would like to thank the dedicated caregivers, The Monroe Clinic Hospice and medical personnel, and many friends for the special care and kind attention they have shared with Robert and Mary Alice during this past year.