Charlene May Riedlinger

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Charlene May Riedlinger, 77, died Friday, April 10, 2015 at Mercy Hospital, Oklahoma City. 

She was born January 21, 1938 in Newton, Kansas, the daughter of Charles and Minnie (Giersch) Hege. She was a graduate of Newton High School. She worked as the Certified Dietary Manager at the Spearville District Hospital and Minneola District Hospital from where she retired. Charlene enjoyed all family and entertaining with them. She was passionate about cooking, painting, spoiling her grandson’s and great grandbabies, Alli and Jaxon Riedlinger. 

Charlene is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, John O. Riedlinger. They were married June 20, 1959 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Dodge City. 

Charlene was the loving mother of Debra Lee and husband Randy, Rockwall, Texas, Kyle Pugh, Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and Laura Houghton and fiancé, John Norwood, Rockwall. She was a proud Gram to Jonathan Riedlinger and wife Lynda and Trevor and Hayden Plain. Charlene is also lovingly remembered by her brother and sisters, Richard Hege and wife Becky, Mary Zimmer, Delores Sexauer and husband Fred, Elsie Challans and husband Robert, and Ruth Cole and husband Chris; brother-in-law, Bill Bemiss, Newton, Kansas; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, 2 brothers, Donald and Kenny Hege and 2 sisters, Betty Lee and Linda Bemiss. 

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am Monday, April 20, 2015 at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City, with Fr. Wesley Schawe officiating. There will be no public viewing, cremation has taken place. Inurnment will be in the Kansas Veterans Cemetery, Ft. Dodge, Kansas. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Sacred Heart School Endowment or the Minneola Nursing Home both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801.