Born: October 21, 1922
Died: June 28, 2014
Ethel Beatrice Riordan (née Cornes) died at her home in West Bend on Saturday, June 28, 2014. She was 91 years old.
She was born in Watervliet New York on October 21, 1922, and lived there until her marriage in 1945 to Hugh E. Riordan. The two met as teenagers in 1939 and were together until his death in 2008. They lived in New York, Ohio, Maryland, New Jersey, and Michigan before coming to Wisconsin in 1971.
Ethel was a vivacious, passionate woman, who gave generously of her time and resources wherever she saw need. It was a rare time in her life that she had not adopted someone—usually elderly—who needed home-cooked food, support, and companionship. Every Christmas, including this past year, she found a family in need to whom she would provide presents, food, clothing, and a Christmas tree. She delivered Meals on Wheels for over 20 years, served as the Chairman of the Welfare Committee in the West Bend Woman’s Club, and enjoyed helping backstage for the local children’s theater productions. She was a gifted and creative cook who loved feeding everyone—human and otherwise—and was famous for her homemade bread, pies and her authentic sauerbraten. She was fond of animals of all kinds—except cats. She loved to dance, was always eager to be with people, and to the end was an astute observer of current events and politics.
She is survived by her children Eileen (Robert Kalinoski); Brian (Shih-Yi Kuan); and Janet (Charles J. Sykes); her grandchildren Jeffrey; Caroline; Sandolore (Theo Vagne); Jay, and Alexander; two great grandchildren, and an older sister, Barbara Ruth Hajeck.
Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at St. James Episcopal Church in West Bend with private committal services.
Memorials to veterans groups would be deeply appreciated.