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Obituary: Reisenauer, Edith M.

Thu., Aug. 15, 2013

Age 95

REISENAUER, Edith M. A life-long area resident, died Monday, August 12, 2013 at Bishop Place in Pullman with her family at her side.

She had just celebrated her ninety-fifth birthday.

Edith was born August 1, 1918 at Colton, WA to John and Bertha Keller Becker, the second oldest of 12 children.

She grew up at Colton and attended Guardian Angel Academy through the eighth grade and Colton High School where she graduated.

She worked at the Colton Market for a time before attending Kinman Business College in Spokane.

She and Edward J. Reisenauer were married on May 3, 1943 at St. Gall Catholic Church in Colton.

They moved to the Thorncreek Area south of Moscow where they farmed and raised their family.

After the kids were well into school, Edith fulfilled a life-long dream of becoming a nurse.

She was in the first graduating class of LPN’s at Gritman Hospital in Moscow.

She worked at Gritman, primarily in the medical/surgical department until her retirement.

Edith continued to volunteer at Gritman and made countless newborn outfits and receiving blankets for the babies born there.

She and Ed retired from the farm in 1972 and had moved into Moscow.

He preceded her in death in April of 1982.

Edith was an active member and daily communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow as well as a member of the Catholic Women’s League.

She volunteered at the Moscow Food Bank, enjoyed sewing, quilting, gardening and her family.

She will be especially remembered for her cinnamon rolls, pies and always being willing to give “older” folks a ride to church.

Edith often said “I was blessed with nimble fingers and good eyes”.

One of her granddaughters remembers, “Grandma found enjoyment in the simple things in life, quilting, gardening, baking, and time with family and friends.”

Edith is survived by her children, sons Mark (Ellen) of Redmond, WA, Roy (Catherine) of Moscow and Robert (Debbie) of Sprague, WA, daughters, Lynn Bandur and Joan (Tom) Cass, both of Moscow and Margaret Reisenauer of Spokane.

She also leaves a brother, Ernest (Anita) Becker of Spokane and sisters, Emma Lou (Jim) Meyer and Joanne (Rollie) Dahmen both of Colton as well as 12 grandchildren and 15 great- grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Edith was also preceded in death by brothers, James, Richard and Jack Becker and sisters, Kathleen Hawes, Leona Mayfield, Frances Mayfield, Elizabeth Burson and Pauline Randall and a great-grandson, Blake Ryan Cass.

A Rosary will be recited at 10:30 AM Saturday, August 17, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Moscow, followed by the Funeral Mass being celebrated at 11:00 AM.

A luncheon and reception will follow at St. Mary’s Family Center.

The graveside service will be at St. Gall Catholic Cemetery in Colton at 2:00 PM.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Moscow Food Bank or to St. Mary’s School Foundation.

Arrangements have been entrusted to SHORT’S FUNERAL CHAPEL, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to


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