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August 25, 1922 - September 12, 2019

A local memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. at the Fountains at Bronson Place, 1700 Bronson Way, Kalamazoo. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at Ss. Robert and William Church, 367 E. 260th St, Euclid, OH. Friends may call on the family one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Interment following the service at All Soul’s Cemetery, Chardon, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Michigan.

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Age 97, of Kalamazoo, formerly of Cleveland, OH, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Mary was born in Cleveland, on August 25, 1922, the daughter of Frank and Katharine (Juran) Golinar. On February 19, 1946, she married Harvey Donald Riebe who preceded her in death in 2001. Mary was active in her church where she served as President of the Ladies Guild, teachers aid, eucharistic minister, lector, and greeter. She visited other church members who were homebound. She was an avid reader and enjoyed walking. Mary was ahead of her time, working outside the home and working her way up in the company in which she was employed. She was well liked at her job and was still remembered fondly by co-workers since moving to Kalamazoo. She was an excellent baker and her family will remember how she treated them with special delicacies on their birthdays and other holidays. She had a host of friends who were all very important to her. Nothing was more important to her than her family. Mary lived independently for the past 14 years at the Fountains. The final week of her life was spent at The Springs where she received excellent care. The family wishes to thank the staff there as well as the staff of Hospice of Southwest Michigan. Mary is survived by her children, Barb (John) Meninga of Kalamazoo, and Bruce (Romy) Riebe of Powell, OH; grandchildren, Liz (Ruben) Rosalin of Scotts, Patrick (Andrea) Meninga of Kalamazoo, Kristy (David) Venne of Dublin, OH, Anthony (Bobbi) Riebe of Galena, OH; 7 great-grandchildren; siblings, John Golinar of Highland Hgts., OH, Donald (Pat) Golinar of Mentor, OH, Martha Gregorin of Euclid, OH, Margaret Zivkovich of Twinsburg, OH; sister in law, Pauline Golinar of Perry, OH. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, 4 brothers and 4 sisters.