Ella Mae Reiff

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Ella Mae Reiff, 86, of Carroll, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019 at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, Nov. 2, at St. John Paul II Parish-Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll with Father Patrick Behm as celebrant. Music for the Mass was by Jane Heithoff and the Holy Spirit Choir. Lectors were Megan Leslie and Holly Reiff. Gift bearers were Angelina Whitney, Amber Kennebeck and Tina Werle. Eucharistic ministers were Lynn Reiff, Paula Reiff and Karen Schouten. Casket bearers were Mike Lee, Jake Kennebeck, Bryce Kennebeck, Kurt Rohrbeck, LeVon Reiff and Devon Werle. Burial was at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) and may be left at the church.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Dahn and Woodhouse Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Ella Mae’s family at

Born on March 4, 1933, on her family’s farm east of Carroll, she was a daughter of Vincent and Julia (Ludwig) Ricke. She grew up on the farm and graduated from St. Angela Academy. She was married to Alvin Reiff on April 22, 1952, at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Carroll by Father N.J. Ruba. The couple farmed near Chillicothe, Missouri, for several years until Alvin was drafted into the U.S. Army. Ella Mae moved home with her parents while Alvin served during the Korean War. Upon his discharge from the military they lived in Carroll for two years and then moved back to Chillicothe until 1959 when they came home to Carroll.

Ella Mae was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was very active in their farming operation. She worked at the Carrollton Inn as the head of housekeeping for many years. She was a member of Holy Spirit Parish. Ella Mae enjoyed crafts, sewing, cooking, gardening, going to church, and spending time with her family.

Ella Mae is survived by her six children and their families: daughter DeAnn Lee of Johnston, Iowa, son Lynn Reiff (Paula) of Stanberry, Missouri, Denise Rohrbeck Meyer (Donald) of Carroll, Doreen Buelt (Brian) of Galesburg, Illinois, Dixie Whitney (George) of Cabot, Arkansas, and Donna Reiff Kennebeck of Carl Junction, Missouri; 17 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Sister MarLou Ricke of Black Forest, Colorado; two brothers: Archie Ricke (Lillian) of Carroll and Larry Ricke (Carol) of Parkersburg, Iowa; several nieces and nephews; and many other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin, in 2004; parents, Vincent and Julia Ricke; sister Phyllis Bluml; sons-in-law Ken Lee and Brian Rohrbeck; and great-granddaughter Bailey.

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