Margaret C. Reister


Margaret C. Reister
Mar. 1, 1925 - Jan. 4, 2011

Margaret C. Reister, 85, passed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, after living at Lydia's House in the Mennonite Village in Albany.

She was born in Peshastin, Wash., to Gustav and Emma Reiman. After graduation from Dryden High School in 1943, she worked for Liberty Orchards, makers of Aplets and Cotlets, in Cashmere, Wash., and as a bookkeeper for the Peshastin Mill Box Company. In addition to being a full-time mother, Margaret worked part-time at the Garrison Junior High School cafeteria in Walla Walla for 16 years.

Margaret married James. R. Reister on April 29, 1950, in Dryden, Wash. After their marriage they lived in Portland, Pocatello, Idaho, and then lived 43 years in Walla Walla before moving to Albany in 2004. She was a long time member of Trinity Baptist Church in Walla Walla, and then attended Grace Bible Community Church in Halsey.

She invested her life in her family and church. Her other interests included crocheting, gardening, reading, and piano. She was given to hospitality, often having missionaries, family and friends in her home.

Margaret in survived by her husband of 60 years, James; children, Susan Ruckert of Tangent, Ed Reister of Tangent, Carolyn Reister of Halsey, Bob Reister of Yanai, Japan and Jeff Reister of Woodburn; 13 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Ruberta Robertson of Ferndale, Wash.; and brother Harold Reiman of Dryden, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and sisters Esther Reiman and Bernice Pflugrath.

Viewing will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at Fisher Funeral Home. A family graveside will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011, at Pine Grove Cemetery. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Brownsville.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mennonite Village Foundation and sent in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 Washington St. S.W., Albany, OR 97321 (


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