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Grace Riedberger

July 11, 1919-March 6, 2008

Lifelong Hawley resident Grace Riedberger passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 9:30 p.m. in Detroit Lakes at the Emmanuel Community, surrounded by her loving family.

Grace Whaley was born to Ray and Etta (McDonald) Whaley on July 11, 1919 in Hawley. In 1938, she graduated from Hawley High School, where she participated in sports, drama and music. Her favorite memory of high school was playing Rosalie in the play "Polished Pebbles" as a senior.

On Jan. 8, 1939 Grace married her high school sweetheart, Forrest (Dit) Riedberger. She was employed by the Bankrupt Store in Hawley for several years. In 1961, Grace and Dit opened Riedy's Drive In, which they sold in 1978. Dit passed away after 65 years of marriage in July 2004.

Grace was known for her generous spirit, being a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, and cherished her family and friends. She was a member of Hawley Lutheran Church where she was active in the Altar Guild.

Grace leaves behind so many that loved her. She will be missed by her children, Pat (Mike ) Elton and Dick (Kathy) Riedberger. Her six grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren have many fond memories of their Grandma Gracie.

Preceding Grace in death were her husband Dit; her parents, Ray and Etta Whaley; and two brothers, Bert and Clint Whaley.

Grace's family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at the Emmanuel Community in Detroit Lakes for their loving care of Grace and Dit over the past four years.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the organization of your choice.

Visitation for Grace will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 10, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Hawley Lutheran Church in Hawley, with interment following at the Hawley Cemetery.

Wright Funeral Home, Hawley, was entrusted with arrangements. Those wishing to do so may sign their online guest book at