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Alvina Ernestina Riedlinger Praegitzer

Feb. 10, 1924 - Jul. 10, 2021

Date of Service: Jul. 15, 2021

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PAUL – Alvina Ernestina Riedlinger Praegitzer peacefully left her earthly body behind on July 10, 2021. Surrounded by her family, she passed away at the home of her beloved niece and nephew-in-law. She was 97 years old.

Born on February 10, 1924, in McIntosh, South Dakota, she was the second of ten children born to John and Emma (Renz) Riedlinger. The family moved to Idaho around 1936, where Alvina continued her education and learned English as a second language. She also worked for various families cleaning houses, caring for children, and cooking.

When the Riedlinger family lived west of Paul, they rented some pasture to the neighbors, the Praegitzers. Richard, a handsome, red-headed, herdsman didn’t go unnoticed. Alvina and Richard were married April 25, 1943. They lived on the Praegitzer farm until Richard’s death in 1989.

Besides milking cows, bucking hay bales, thinning beets, and gathering eggs, Alvina worked as a school lunch cook. She enjoyed the many co-workers she met there and stayed connected to them long after she left the school.

Alvina’s next “steady” job was at Connor’s Café. There her name became synonymous with pie baking excellence. She retired at the age of 87.

Alvina’s “spare time” was filled with caring for nieces and nephews, in-laws, siblings, gardening, canning, and church. She enjoyed many social events, as well as serving at First Baptist Church of Paul. She was active in Women’s Missionary Fellowship, teaching Sunday school, directing the scripture memory program, assisting in AWANA’s, and eating at Ruth and Naomi’s. She was the church financial secretary for ages, retiring two years ago. Her unwavering faith in Jesus as Lord was ever evident in every aspect of her life.

Alvina was preceded in death by Richard; her siblings, Lorena Comstock, Alma Requa, Leona Connor, Otto Riedlinger, Betty Jennings, Herbert Riedlinger; and all of her brothers and sisters- in-laws. She is survived by two sisters, Christina Jennings and Caroline Davis, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered as a generous, hard-working, caring, resilient, unassuming, gracious lady and admired for a life well-lived.

Memorials may be sent to Hope Community food pantry or any other organization that supports the hungry or struggling immigrants.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at Hope Community Church, 25 N. 4th E., in Paul, with the Rev. Warren Rachele officiating. Burial will follow at Paul Cemetery.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available and maintained at the following link: https://youtu.be/XrgRV5BOIkw.

Friends and family will be received from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, and Thursday, one hour prior to the funeral service at the church.

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From Linda D Praegitzer:
My dad, Don Praegitzer, used to clear Aunt Alvina’s driveway from snow when he was still alive. Then he & I would have her delicious chili for lunch with her. She was his favorite aunt & a favorite person of mine, as well. She always had a positive attitude & strong faith in the Lord. I loved her & will miss her, but I know she’s with her Lord. Rest In Peace.
From Don Schafer:
She was the best Sunday School teacher that I ever had. Always smiling. Richard and her were a perfect couple. Back together now. They are both rejoicing.
From Robert Schafer:
Alvina such a blessing to be around. I remember as a child, reciting bible verses to her in Sunday school. She was always supportive and everyone loved her. I will always remember have her oatmeal pie as well as many others. I am sure the reunion is taking place in heaven with all her relatives and friends.
From Heidi Renz:
We loved Alvina. It was always so much fun to talk with her. She richly deserves the joy that surrounds her now and forever. Alvina leaves a legacy of beautiful memories.

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