May 12, 2019

Elaine E. Rickeman, 98, of Hutchinson passed away Sunday, May 12, at the Ecumen Oaks in Hutchinson. Memorial service was Friday, June 7, 2019, at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson with interment in Oakland Cemetery in Hutchinson. Officiating was the Rev. Paul Woolverton. Organist was Bev Wangerin. Special music by the church choir performing “He’s Everything to Me.” Congregational hymns were “Jesus Loves Me,” “Now Thank We All Our God” and “Go Now In Peace.” Special music was “Because He Lives” by Bill Gaither.

Elaine (Moede) Rickeman was born March 4, 1921, in Paynesville to Fred and Helen (Wendlandt) Moede. She was baptized as an infant at Evangelical Church in Paynesville and was confirmed in her faith as a youth at Evangelical Church in Hutchinson. Elaine attended Hutchinson High School and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School Class of 1939. She graduated from “normal training” class in Hutchinson in 1940 and was able to teach in country schools.

On June 21, 1946, Elaine was united in marriage to Carl Lyle Rickeman. This union was blessed with three sons, Robert, Norman and Douglas. The couple made their home near Hutchinson on an 80-acre farm. Elaine and Carl shared 61 years of marriage until the passing of Carl on Nov. 15, 2007.

Elaine was employed as a teacher for six years at country schools in Renville and McLeod counties. She assisted Carl on their family farm. Elaine also worked at J.C. Penney in Hutchinson.

Elaine was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Hutchinson. She sang in the church choir for several years. Elaine loved going to church and seeing her church family.

Elaine enjoyed traveling with her husband, fishing and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed listening to music and playing the piano by “ear.” She liked holding garage sales. Elaine had fun babysitting her first grandchildren. They are now scattered across the country, but she had many wonderful memories with them.

Elaine is survived by her sons, Robert Rickeman and his wife Mary and Norman Rickeman and his wife Kathy Murphy; grandchildren, Andy Swain and his wife Jill, Kelly Gontesky and her husband Jake, Amy Murawski and her husband Nick, Matthew Rickeman, Thomas Rickeman and his wife Andrea, Abby Rickeman and Libby Rickeman; great-grandchildren, Rocco Murawski, Andy Swain Jr., Jones Metcalf Rickeman, Lula Gontesky, Mae Gontesky, Violet Murawski, Eleanor Rickeman and Henry Rickeman; brothers-in-law, Russell Rickeman and his wife Doris, and Marlin Rickeman and his wife Ruth; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Helen Moede; husband Carl Rickeman; son Douglas Rickeman; sister Janet and her husband Doyle Salzsieder; brother-in-law Roger Rickeman and his wife Florine; sister-in-law Carolyn Miklas and her husband Warren; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family of Elaine would like to thank the staff of the Ecumen Pines and Oaks and the hospice staff for all of their care to Elaine.

Arrangements by Dobratz-Hantge Funeral Chapel in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guestbook available at

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