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Lola Jean (Menk) Riveland

August 26, 1928 January 10, 2021
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Obituary for Lola Jean (Menk) Riveland

Lola Jean (Menk) Riveland, 92 of rural Sheridan passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 at Bickford Assisted Living in Oswego.

Jean was born August 26, 1928 in Victor Twp., DeKalb Co. to Lester and Bernice (Wallis) Menk.

She was married to Donald NeVoy Riveland on December 10, 1949 at the Union Congregational Church of Somonauk. They shared 64 wonderful years together.

Jean loved being a farmer’s wife! She was also a great cook and baker. She was a member of the Union Congregational Church of Somonauk. Making crafts for the church bazaar kept her busy. Jean made pies for the church ham dinner. One year she made 30 pies with help from her family. She loved gardening, canning and dressing chickens. Every spring she would get 500 baby chicks to raise. She enjoyed her grandchildren too. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by three daughters, Vicki (Thomas) Vikrey of Millington, Wendy (Donald) Wenzel of LaSalle and Laurie Thompson of Paw Paw; seven grandchildren, Michael (Felicia) Vikrey of Millington, Amy Vikrey of Chicago, Jennifer (Dean Hoskins) Wenzel of Ottawa, Megan (Matt) Vogel of Davenport, IA, Emily (Jesse) Morgan of Rochelle, Timothy (Megan Simpson) Thompson of Paw Paw, and Katie (Patrick Wiley) Thompson of Paw Paw; seven great-grandchildren Timothy Thompson, Jr., Norah, Evelyn and Caleb Vogel, Lola Thompson, Sophia Hoskins, Eugene Morgan and a sister Margaret Bastian of Claire, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband Donald on December 31, 2013. Her parents, her husband’s parents, two sisters, Mary Louise Grandgeorge and Gladys Grandgeorge.

Private family services were held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 with grandson Matt Vogel officiating at Gabel-Dunn Funeral Home, Ltd., in Sheridan, IL.

Interment was at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, IL.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the Union Congregational Church of Somonauk or Bickford Assisted Living in Oswego.

Pallbearers were Michael Vikrey, Amy Vikrey, Timothy Thompson, Jesse Morgan and Patrick Wiley.

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Event Information

Private services were held

Cemetery Details


Oak Ridge Final Resting Place

Sandwich, IL

Sandwich IL
United States

Memorial Contribution

Bickford Assisted Living

3712 Grove Rd
Oswego, IL 60543

Union Congregational Church, 305 S. Gage St., Somonauk, IL 60552


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