1942 - 2019
Dr. Edmund George Xavier Rieder, 77, of Eyota, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, surrounded by loved ones.
Edmund was born May 14, 1942, to Mildred (Volk) and Albert Rieder in Grand Rapids, Mich. He graduated from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his education at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, at what is now Des Moines University. He then completed his residency in Child Psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Edmund and Mary DePauw were married Aug. 29, 1964, in Grand Rapids. They lived in Des Moines, Iowa, for five years before moving to St. Charles in 1972, where they raised their four children. In 1992, they moved to their farm in rural Eyota. In 2010, Mary passed away from cancer. Luckily for Ed (and all his family), sometime after Mary died, he reconnected with a former Mayo colleague and friend, Peg Judd, RN, who became his beloved partner for his remaining years.
Edmund was a Child Psychiatrist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester until his retirement, except during 1979 to 1980, when Edmund took a leave from Mayo to work as a psychiatrist at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., while Mary took a sabbatical working as the Senior Economist for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. While at Mayo, Edmund had an extremely busy practice helping children throughout southern Minnesota, and was a much requested and beloved doctor. He also spent time in Bolivia on four separate trips treating and setting up treatment plans for patients in rural Bolivia with psychiatric and neurological illnesses.
Edmund loved art and was an artist himself. He loved sculpture and paintings. He also found great joy in the art created by his children and grandchildren. He appreciated good fires in the fireplace. Animals were cherished in Ed’s life: From beloved Bouvier dogs to stray cats to baby birds who fell out of trees, he took care of them all with a full heart. One of his favorite places was the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where he and his family went once a year for their family vacation.
In recent years, Edmund loved to see his grandchildren, cuddle with Peg, read his favorite books (Patrick O’Brian novels), cook pork chops on the grill, and ride his ATV around the farm. Edmund loved having all the family come home, where he would give a twinkling smile (under his bushy mustache), that went all the way through his blue eyes, when making a joke. He was quick witted and brought thoughtful humor to his family and friends.
Edmund is survived by his loving partner, Peg; his children, including three daughters, Maurya (Mike Jenner) of Sydney, Australia, Killian (Jeff Julkowski) of Minneapolis, and Jocelyn Rieder, M.D. (Derik Fettig) of Edina; his son, Thaddeus (Laura Kraklau) of St. Joseph, Mich.; his adopted son, Alex; his siblings,
Kathy Burdulis of Madison, Wis., Rita Remus of Byron Center, Mich., Fran Wahmhoff of Waterville, Wis., Mildred Cargas of Kirkwood, Mo., and Albert Rieder of Alexandria, Va.; his seven grandchildren, Tomalin, Max, Jax, Delia, Grier, Avianna and Zavier, who all brought great joy to his heart; and his menagerie of cats, Throw Back, Left Paw DePauw, Walter, Rita and Clarice.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28 at Washburn-McReavy Funeral Chapel, 5000 W. 50th St., Edina. The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Funeral Chapel. A celebration of Edmund’s life will be held after the service at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Boulevard, at 3 p.m.
Please share a memory of Ed online and view his tribute video when it becomes available at www.washburn-mcreavy.com.
Instead of flowers, please consider a contribution to Rotary Foundation International Campaign to End Polio. As polio so changed Edmund’s life, a true tribute to him would be a to help end this debilitating disease. If you would like to bring a contribution to the funeral, we will ensure that it is sent to Rotary International in Edmund’s name. If you would prefer, you can make the donation online at rotary.org. On the left hand side of the home page, click on Donate. Scroll down to the middle of the next page and select Memorial Or Tribute, on the next page select Polio Fund, then select in Memory Of and type “Edmund Rieder” and please fill in the notify field with firstname.lastname@example.org. We
would like to be able to thank you for your generosity. Please note that your donation will be tripled through a matching grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.