Georgetta “Georgie” Rieder

Georgetta “Georgie” Rieder, 88, of Clara City, died Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at the Clara City Assisted Living in the presence of her family.

Her memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, November 13, at Harvey Anderson Funeral Home in Willmar with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will be at the Evangelical Free Cemetery in Kerkhoven. Memorials are preferred to the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice. Georgetta (Klinghagen) Rieder was born August 12, 1933 in Crate Township, Chippewa County, near Clara City, Minnesota, the daughter of Johann Heinrich (John Henry) and Dena (Overlander) Klinghagen . After her father lost his hand in a cornpicker, the family moved to Kerkhoven, where she attended and graduated from the Kerkhoven High School. She attended and graduated from the Minnesota School of Business with a degree of Junior Accountant.

Her first job was in the accounting department of the former Volkenant’s Appliance Store that was located on Broadway in North Minneapolis. Georgie, as she was always called, was optimistic, energetic-- adventurous with a zest for life. She was intelligent, had a great sense of humor and was an astute business woman.

On November 24, 1962, she married the love of her life, Arnold H. Rieder (rumor has it they met rollerskating) in the beautiful Little Brown Church in the Vale in Nashua, IA. The couple made their first home in Richfield, MN and then later in Edina, MN. Georgie continued to move forward in her career embracing and learning the new technology of computers. She served as financial controller for Wellens & Co.

Georgie and Arnie continued the adventures of life and discovered the world of travel. They traveled through Europe extensively several times, connecting with distant relatives and making new friends. On two of these trips, they came home with a brand-new car. Georgie often came home with little presents for everyone. Of course, there were new additions found for her collections of dolls and china. There was plenty of travel stateside as well and oftentimes with the nieces. The stories are too numerous to mention here.

In 1979, Georgie and Arnie left the city for the country by moving to Park Rapids, MN. There they started a store that sold vacuum cleaners, sewing machines and knitting machines, calling it Arnold’s Sew & So. Georgie, who didn’t know how to sew or knit, taught herself to sew and knit so that she could proficiently demonstrate the machines they sold. After 13 years they sold the business to “officially” retire. They moved to Detroit Lakes, MN and opted to spend the winters in Arizona. Eventually they settled in Glenwood, MN where they remained active in church and community.

Arnie passed away in August of 2009 so Georgie began revisiting old pastimes and creating new ones such as embroidering, beautiful dishtowels. Five years ago, Georgie returned to Clara City, this time as a resident of the Clara City Assisted Living Facility, where she continued to be optimistic, make friends and enjoy life.    She was preceded in death by her husband: Arnold H. Rieder; her parents: Johann Heinrich “John Henry” and Dena Klinghagen; her brother: Simon Klinghagen (Evadeane); her sisters: Jeanette Syverson (R. Luverne), Lavina Peterson (Maurice) and Dorothy Carlson (Ellert); a niece: Donna Syverson; and nephew: Keith Carlson.

She is survived by her brother: Roger (MaryAnn) Klinghagen of Willmar, MN; and several nieces and nephews.