Stacey Rieckenberg Ryan, age 45, of Carver, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019, after a courageous and hard-fought battle with lung cancer. She passed away peacefully, and in her own style, while in Jamaica after spending two relaxing days in the sun, reading a book, and enjoying life with her family.
Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Crown of Glory Lutheran Church, 1141 Cardinal Street, Chaska.
There will be visitation Friday, April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church, continuing Saturday, one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Crown of Glory Church, Chaska in Stacey’s name.
Arrangements are with the Bertas Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Chaska; www.bertasfh.com.
Stacey was born Aug. 15, 1973, in Decatur, IL, to Cathryn and Robert Rieckenberg, the second of four children. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran, and confirmed at Mount Calvary Lutheran, in Decatur, IL.
Stacey’s family moved from Macon, IL to Delano in 1987, landing her at Delano High School, where she would meet her future husband, Tom Ryan.
She graduated from Delano High School in 1991, and received a degree in sports medicine from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1995.
After college, she worked as an athletic trainer for a short period of time, but most recently worked at Bell State Bank as a loan coordinator.
Stacey married Tom Aug. 10, 1996, and went on to have three beautiful children, Karli Marie (21), Emma Catherine (18), and Jacob Thomas (15).
Stacey was an exceptional mother, and more importantly, loved being a mother. There was no bigger supporter of Karli, Emma and Jacob than their mom. She found great joy in cheering from the sidelines, family dinners, game nights, and Saturday morning breakfasts.
More than just an amazing mother, Stacey was also an outstanding wife. She absolutely adored Tom, and was so proud to be able to call him her husband and best friend.
Stacey had a one-of-a-kind personality, consisting of compassion, and loyalty, with a competitive edge. She had a heart of gold, a contagious laugh, and a smile that brightened every room she entered.
Stacey leaves behind her husband of 22 years, Tom; and three beautiful children, Karli, Emma, and Jacob. She is also survived by her parents, Cathryn (Schweigert) and Robert Rieckenberg of Delano; sisters Cara Rieckenberg, and Amy (Perry) Greenfield; brother Rob Rieckenberg; cousin Mike (Simi) Rieckenberg; nephews Matthew and Thomas Greenfield; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and beloved friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marie and Raymond Schweigert and Emma and George Rieckenberg.