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Rilla F. Oppriecht, 94, of rural Eastman, passed away Sunday, Feb.24, 2019,
at the Prairie Maison Nursing Home in Prairie du Chien.
Rilla Fern Kramer was born May 2, 1924 on the Shanghai Ridge family farm,
rural Eastman. Rilla was the 10th of 11 children born to Hubert and Mary (Brady)
Kramer. Rilla walked to, attended and graduated from the 10th grade at the
Eastman Elementary School.
Rilla then went to live in Milwaukee with her sister Grace and worked for the
Allen and Bradley Company. Her picture was the cover photo for their May 1946
Company Gossip magazine.
On Wednesday, October 9, 1946, Rilla married Gregory Oppriecht and moved into
his family's farm home. There, Greg and Rilla raised a family and farmed together
for 65 years until Greg passed away on November 17, 2011.
Rilla will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-
grandmother and friend, whose homemade pies, cookies and cinnamon rolls were
often served at 4 p.m. with coffee and good conversation. She will also be
remembered for her perfectly chosen greeting cards, addressed with her flawless
handwriting and sent to relatives and friends on their special occasions. Rilla was
an excellent seamstress who made pajamas for everyone at Christmas time, created
outfits for herself and her daughters and even made a bridesmaid's dress or two.
Her children and grandchildren will always remember the times she joined them in
those late night euchre card games.
Rilla is survived by her six children; Mary (Russell) Steiner of Prairie du
Chien, John (Susan) Oppriecht of Ferryville, Jerry (Diane) Oppriecht of Eastman,
Jane (Tony) Solon of Ankeny, lA, Kate (Roy) Schroeder of Apple Valley, MN,
Greg Oppriecht of Lynxville, 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters-
in-law; her brother Richard's wife, Delores Kramer and Sister Maria Oppriecht,
along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Rilla was preceded in death by her husband, an infant son in 1948, a five year
old daughter, Theresa, in 1955, her parents, her 7 brothers; Charles, Roy, Howard,
Richard, Chester, LaVern and Willard Kramer, her 3 sisters; Floy Fisher, Nona
Sutton and Grace Ohm, a granddaughter, Jenni Steiner and a great-granddaughter,
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Seneca, WI, Reverends; Zacharie Beya and Eugene Wolf officiating, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Garrity Funeral Home in Prairie du Chien, WI and at St. Patrick’s Church on Saturday, from 10:00 AM until time of services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice. www.garrityfuneralhome.com