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Reita Stueckle

May 20, 1931 - Aug. 3, 2018


August 9, 2018

Reita Yvonne (Bryson) Stueckle

Reita Yvonne (Bryson) Stueckle

Reita Yvonne (Bryson) Stueckle, beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother and great grandma, passed away Friday, August 3, 2018 at the home of her grandchildren in Colfax. She was 87.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 10th, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Colfax. Viewing will be at Bruning Funeral Home on Wednesday and Thursday. Reita will be buried in the Dusty Cemetery.

She was born to James and Pauline Bryson on May 20, 1931 in Callaway, Nebraska. She moved to Colfax in 1936 with her parents when she was five years old. In 1950, she met Marcus Stueckle on a bus headed to a Whitworth football game. Marcus's cousin bet him that he could not get a date with Reita. They were married a year later in 1951.

In 1952, Marcus was drafted into the Korean War. During his two-year long deployment, Reita worked for the health department in Spokane and resided with her parents there. After Marcus returned, they moved to Newport, Washington, but would divide their time between Newport and Dusty. They farmed in the Dusty area for many years and Reita worked as a CNA nurse at the Whitman Hospital for several years.

She was an active member of the Thrifty Grandmothers Club in Colfax, she loved to cook and her grandchildren were always a very big part of her life. Reita and Marcus were blessed with two children, Linda, who would grace them with five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, and Jim, who would bring forth five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren for them to love. One granddaughter, Amanda, preceded Reita in death. Reita is also survived by her husband of 67 years, Marcus, who will be 91 this year; and by her sister, Sharon (Bryson) Sumner, who lives in Kona, Hawaii, with her husband, Kirby.

Reita will be greatly missed by everyone that had the chance to meet her. Our biggest consolation is that her love of the Lord made her passing easier, not just for the family and loved ones, but also for herself. She was ready to go home. On-line guest book is at http://www.bruningfuneralhome.com

Bruning Funeral Home of Colfax is in charge of the arrangements.


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