Anna M. Ries

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Anna “Annie” Marie Ries, 94 of Dyersville, passed away Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Guttenberg Care Center, Guttenberg.

A private family goodbye was held at Kramer Funeral Home in Dyersville with burial at St. Francis Cemetery on April 15.

Anna was born Nov. 15, 1925, in Petersburg, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ollendick) Scherbring.  She married Elmer Ries on Nov. 8, 1949, in Petersburg.  Together with their six children, they farmed in Petersburg for 31 years.  After moving to Dyersville in 1980 they were well known for their love of Christmas by the beautiful display of lawn decorations.  Anna loved playing piano accordion. She enjoyed cooking very much and prepared meals for various large gatherings.  Anna volunteered at the Mercy Gift Shop, St. Francis Church making communion hosts and Oakcrest Manor in Dyersville.  Most of all she loved her family get togethers for birthdays and holidays.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.    

Anna is survived by her six children, Rita (Dennis) Wolter of Guttenberg, Darlene (James) Staner of Colesburg, Michael (Doris) Ries of Dubuque, Martin (Carol) Ries of Dyersville, Marvin (Darlene) Ries of Delaware and Kathleen (Robert) Curry of Clearfield, Utah; 24 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Elmer in 2012; grandson, Brian Ries; many brothers; sisters and in-laws.

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