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Rita Riehle

July 21, 1956 — September 18, 2018

Rita Jo Riehle of Cold Spring passed away on September 18, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.  She was 62.

Born on July 21, 1956 in Lafayette, Indiana to Katherine Riehle and the late Paul Riehle.

Rita was a graduate of Purdue University where she received her Nursing and Horticulture degrees. Rita met Lew at Stone Crop Gardens and married July 16, 1988 in Cold Spring.  After they married Rita worked at Butterfield Hospital until 1992 when it closed and shortly after started a fine gardening business.

Rita was a master horticulturist with an overwhelming knowledge of the natural world and a vast Latin plant vocabulary. She lived to enrich the lives of everyone she came to know with flowers and kindness. A truly selfless and generous person who will be sorely missed.

Rita is survived by her beloved husband Lew Kingsley, loving children Forrest and Ian Kingsley of Cold Spring.  Her Dear Siblings, Sharon Rettig, Paul Riehle, Mary Kewitt, Sarah Ledman, Anne Wells, Cathy Alexander, Edward Riehle, William Riehle, John Riehle, and James Riehle.  She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews who will miss her.

Funeral services will be private.

Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of Clinton Funeral Home- Cold Spring.

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