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Louise Kiefer

October 20, 1925 — July 4, 2020

Louise Mae Kiefer, 94, of Gridley passed away at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 4, 2020 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Pontiac.
She was born on October 20, 1925 in Morton, IL a daughter of Ezra and Nettie Rapp Birkey. She married Richard Lee Kiefer, Sr. on April 5, 1959 in Morton, IL. He passed away on July 10, 2010.
Survivors include one daughter, Julie (the late Randy) Kohlhase of Green Bay, WI; three sons, Richard (Gale) Kiefer, Jr; Jay (Heidi) Kiefer; Phil Kiefer all of Gridley; two sisters, Judy Huber of Quincy, IL; Kay (Bill) Gudeman of Congerville; 10 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Marian Waldbeser and Ruth Krantz.
Louise graduated from Morton High School and Methodist Hospital School of Nursing.
She attended Bradley University in Peoria and got her post graduate at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Louise was an operating room instructor at Methodist Hospital in Peoria. She was an operating room supervisor at St. James Hospital in Pontiac, and she was also the head nurse at Dr. Everett Gibbons office in Gridley. When Louise was single she thoroughly enjoyed traveling and continued that passion later on in life with her husband where they spent the winters in Florida. She also loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Meadows Mennonite Home and the Good Samaritan Home for the care they provided for their mom while she stayed at the homes.
Louise was a member of the Gridley Apostolic Christian Church where funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, 2020. Church ministers will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 10, 2020 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso and also from 9:00-9:45 a.m. on Saturday before the service at the church. Burial will be at Gridley Cemetery. Live streaming will be available by clicking the link on the church web page at at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. Social distancing guidelines will be observed during the visitation and funeral services. Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in El Paso is handling arrangements for the family.
Memorial contributions may be made to either The Village at Mercy Creek (1501 Mercy Creek Dr., Normal, IL 61761) or the Methodist Alumni Association (7600 N. Academic Drive
Peoria, IL 61615 or online at Online condolences may be sent to the family at


JUL 10. 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (CST)

Ruestman-Harris El Paso
40 West Main Street
El Paso, IL 61738-1561


JUL 11. 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM (CST)

Gridley Apostolic Christian Church
319 E 7th St
Gridley, IL 61744

Funeral Service

JUL 11. 10:00 AM (CST)

Gridley Apostolic Christian Church
319 E. Seventh St.
Gridley, IL

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