6 Children, 15 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and Counting

6 Children, 15 Grandchildren, 22 Great Grandchildren and Counting

Didn't anyone tell you that a funeral can be as much fun as it is a somber occasion in remembrance of a person well-loved? We proved it this weekend, us Kriechs. Grandma was (is) well-loved, and we partied to make up for over a decade of separation, this being our first family reunion in 12 years. Leo Leone 5x7 bw

My grandparents, Leo and Leone Kriech, had 6 children, who then had 15 grandchildren, who now have 22 great grandchildren and counting. Add spouses to the mix and we had a huge group of people! We overran the hotel lobby and party room for three days, talking and laughing and crying and singing - all in remembrance of grandma.

After Grandpa Leo passed in 1988, Grandma remarried and lived another 22 wonderful years with her second husband, John Sieh. He survived her, and was at the funeral. One of John's big characteristics is that he's a reader. I remember as a teenager being in their house, going up to the top story, and rifling through his huge collection of books choosing what I might like to read. All this is to say that when I saw John this past week, he told me that he read over the obituary that I wrote for Grandma five times or more, and couldn't find a single thing to fix. That's something, isn't it? Of all people, he said it was perfect. Of course I cried. Writing your grandmother's obituary is not something many others can say they have had the privilege to do. Thank you, Uncle Ken, for giving me the opportunity to do it.

I missed photos of some of the relatives, and for that I am sorry. There's just so many of us!

We'll have to have a family reunion soon, right?

 

Jessica and Aftyn

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Carole and Luanne, grandma's sisters

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Owen, Louise, and Kyler

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Rich and Denny, brothers

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Kenny, Scott, Mike, Eric, Darin

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Kenny, Carole, Luanne

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Carole, Luanne, Owen

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Dave, Kara, Warren, Laura

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Dad, Mom, Kathy, Rita, Carole

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Kevin, Darla, Steve

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Jamie, Dustin, Michelle

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Rita, Kathy,

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Louise, Bryan, Linda

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Darin, Dustin, Denny

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Louise

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Kristi, Jessica

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Kathy, Michelle, Kevin, Scott

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Sarah, Domini, Tamara, Eric, Mike

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Kevin, Eric

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Linda, Michelle

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Kathy, Linda

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Kenny, Mom, Rich, Rita, Denny - the siblings minus one, Uncle Bob, who passed away in December 2014

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Kenny, Linda, Rich, Rita, Denny

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Kathy, Sarah

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Scott

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Michelle, Rich, Kathy

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Bryan, Kevin

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Tamara - ROCKSTAR of the family who gave the sweetest speech at the funeral on behalf of all the grandchildren

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Kathy, Scott, Tamara

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Hannah, Kathy

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Kyler, Louise

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The casket

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Zelos, Eric, Kevin, David, Darin, Scott - the eldest grandsons

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Where Grandma and Grandpa are buried together, Aberdeen, SD

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My dad's father and mother, Jim and Bea Julson, buried in the same cemetery

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Great grandpa and grandma Julson

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Dustin, Darla, Darin, Kara, David, Scott, Sarah, Eric, Kristi, Kevin, Tamara, Bryan, Domini - Kriech grandkids (missing Holly and Randy!)

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Denny, Linda, Rita, Rich, Kenny - the Kriech children

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Kathy & Rich, Doug & Linda, Denny & Diane, Rita, Kenny & Louise - the siblings and their spouses

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Luanne and Carole, grandma's last surviving sisters

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PS - If you're in the family and you're wondering why all the photos are in black and white, it's because the fluorescent lighting in that party room weren't doing anyone any favors! <3

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