Eloise (Arnzen) Riener, 73

Eloise (Arnzen) Riener left this world for a better one to be with Rich on Oct 12, 2019.

Eloise was born on Feb 1, 1946, the third child of Tony and Stella (Wimer) Arnzen. She attended St. Maurus Grade School, 1 year of Ferdinand High School, and graduated in 1964 from St. Gertrudes’s Academy in Cottonwood, ID. That same year, on July 18, she married Richard Riener. They were blessed with four children, Ron, Bob, Michelle, and Christel.

Besides being a wife and mother, Eloise also cared for other children, worked in Flint’s Grocery, worked for the Ferdinand Post Office, and kept books for Camas Block and Tile. In 1978, she and Rich bought the concrete end of Riener Brothers, and she continued to manage it after Rich’s death in 2001.

Eloise was an active member of Assumption parish. She and Rich spent 25 years bowling with Sonnen Meats and she was one of the first women shooters in the Cottonwood Gun Club, holding several offices there.

Eloise enjoyed many hobbies including quilting, crocheting, knitting, ceramics painting, and, in later years, scrapbooking with her girls and their friends twice a year at her home for a weekend. She made many scrapbooks for her grandchildren and nephew, Lucas Arnzen. Special memories were made in 1990 when Rich and Eloise visited Europe with the Don Biekers and Maurus Uhlorns. She and Rich also enjoyed camping, dancing and 4-wheeling.

Perhaps what Eloise was best known for was playing the piano. She started accompanying the Assumption Choir while in the 8th grade until present day, accompanied the Prairie School Music Program for 25 years and also the Cottonwood Community Choir. She played for hundreds of funerals and weddings, doing their first and golden ones and those of their children.

What Eloise was most proud of was her four children. They all grew into wonderful, productive, caring, civic minded people and great parents to their children. She was also proud of the fact that she drew the plans for and did all the electrical wiring for both of their new houses.

Eloise loved her grandchildren, Jami and Jessi Riener, Elise and Jordis Aiken, Layla and Trey Lucas, Kaitlin Riener, Krystal (Allie) Pullock, Shirley, Glenn, Krysta and Katherine Karmun. She enjoyed showing them the beauty of Mother Nature in the birds, clouds, storms, animals and the rainbows. Eloise also loved teaching her grandchildren how to make Keuchen, aka “big flour mess”.

Eloise is survived by her sons, Ron Riener and Lisa Dalgliesh of Ferdinand, Bob and Markey Riener of Clarkston, Michelle and Ryan Aiken and Christel and Richie Lucas all of Lewiston, and all her grandchildren. She is also survived by brothers Fred Arnzen of Ferdinand, Jim and Berti Arnzen of St. Maries, and Randy and Peggy Arnzen of Ferdinand. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rich Riener, parents Tony and Stella Arnzen, sister-in-law Maggie Arnzen, sister Joan Nuxoll, and nephew Heath Nuxoll.

A rosary will be held Wednesday, October 16 at 7pm at Assumption Parish in Ferdinand, ID. A funeral will be held Thursday, October 17 at 10am at Assumption Parish with a burial at the cemetery and a luncheon at the Parish Hall in Ferdinand.

Eloise wrote this obituary herself on Feb 16, 2015 “for shits and giggles”.

Condolences to the family of Eloise (Arnzen) Riener, 73

  • Melvin and Christy Frei says:

    Melvin and I want you to know how much we appreciated your Mom/Grandma! She was so good to the Hubert and Clara Frei family playing the piano at our family celebrations of marriage and life. She will be greatly missed! Your Dad/Grandpa was as special. Blessings to all.

  • Theresa Wessels says:

    Eloise and I spent a lot of time together when we were students at St. Gertrude’s Academy. We both loved chemistry and often giggled during all our classes. She had a great sense of humor! I also had the privilege of being a guest at her parents home and enjoyed her mom’s homemade rolls. It was a charmed life! We re-connected a few times in the past 20 years, always reminiscing and sharing funny stories. She lived her life well..serving others and her family. I know your hearts are feeling empty now, but I pray the love and concern of friends will help fill the empty places. I’m feeling grateful to have had her as a friend. Blessings to you all.

  • Duane and Robin Remacle says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.

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