Helen Kathleen Rietdorf

February 17, 1925November 8, 2017

HELEN K. RIETDORF, 92, of Fort Wayne passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Born on Feb. 17, 1925, she was a daughter of the late Joy and Mary Pearl (Lancaster) Dye. She worked as a librarian and as a secretary for Fort Wayne Community Schools for more than 20 years. She was a member at First Missionary Church. She will be remembered as a true woman of faith and deeply devoted to her family. Surviving family include her husband of 70 years, Don Rietdorf; daughter, Sally (Jim) Lohman; sons, Tim (Tamy) and Mark (Deb) Rietdorf; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia Maraldo. Besides her parents, she was preceded in passing by three siblings. A private family celebration of Helen's life will be held at a later time. Greenlawn Funeral Home, Fort Wayne, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be left online at


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Curt & Rhonda Irven

January 5, 2018

So sorry for your loss. She is in a better place and you treasure your memories.

Prayers out with you and your family. Curt and Rhonda Irven

Meagan Ballard

November 17, 2017

She was an amazing resident she is missed everday

Bruce & Genie Gardner

November 15, 2017

Dear Don, Sally and all of your wonderful family - we are very sorry to hear of Helen's passing. We were lucky to have known her for such a long time. We all have wonderful memories and what wonderful neighbors you are! She was a dear, kind lady and she will be dearly missed.

With love and prayers -

Michael Motter

November 13, 2017

We are so sorry for your loss and express our deepest sympathies. Blessings to the family.

Mike & Betsy Motter

Kirk Moriarty

November 12, 2017

Don & family,

Don and Helen were former neighbors as we lived on the corner of Marchfield and Summersworth Run. Helen was always sweet as could be and it was always a joy to see the warm smiles on Don & Helen's faces. May God give all of you an inner peace today and tomorrow as you grieve this earthly loss.

Becky (Crosby) Lepper

November 12, 2017

Sally - We all know we will have to say this good-bye some day. Even when we know it's coming, as much as we try, there is really no preparation. I pray for you comfort and the "peace that passes understanding".

Miles Fredrick

November 11, 2017

Sally, just saw, so deeply sorry for the tremendous loss of such a wonderful person. You were extremely fortunate to have the years with her to share and were blessed. We never have enough time though! Love to your entire family. She'll be with you forever so talk often about her to relive her love.

Barb Kelley

November 11, 2017

Sally, I'm so sad for your loss. I have so many fond memories of your wonderful Mom, going way back to South Wayne and Illsley. She was awesome! What a wonderful heritage you have. May the Lord comfort and encourage you and your family, through special memories and His amazing promises. Love and prayers for you all... and a big hug for your Dad, too.

Phillip & Sandra Shirmeyer

November 10, 2017

Pat, Tim and Families,
May God Bless you with His Peace s you celebrate Helen's life. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barbara Smith Croft

November 10, 2017

May the memories of your mother confort you at this difficult time.