THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Wilma Billie Rider, 89, Green Bay, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away late Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13 at Bornemann Nursing Home.
Born Oct. 22, 1924 in Oconto Falls to William and Helen (Western) Kadlec, she grew up there where she attended public schools, graduating in 1942. Following graduation, she joined her sisters in California to aid in the war efforts of The Greatest Generation. On Dec. 27, 1943, she married George C. Rider in San Francisco, Ca., who was in the military during World War II. After the war, the couple returned to Oconto Falls where she worked as a personal secretary at Scott Paper Co. from 1955 until 1969. Due to the sudden death of her sister in California, she left her job at the paper mill to raise her three young nephews.
She enjoyed playing bridge and was an avid bowler, was a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church and served as one of the first officers in the NEW Credit Union.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Franklin Woody) Glime, Green Bay and Julie (Peter) Wilk, Hartford; a daughter-in-law, Marianne Rider, Woodbridge, Ill.; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three special nephews, Rusty Robinson, Escondido, Ca., Ross Robinson, Oakley, Ca. and John Robinson, Eau Claire; a brother, Jim (Mary) Kadlec, Oconto; a brother-in-law, Greg Martens, Oconto Falls and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Dan Rider in 1995, her husband, George in 2003; a brother, William Buster Kadlec and four sisters, Kathleen Frank, Jean Robinson, Bette Behling and Margaret Martens.
Visitation was held at Oconto Falls United Methodist Church after 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18 until the time of services at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jerry Cho officiating. Cremation followed with burial of the urn in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls. Jones Funeral Services of Oconto Falls assisted the family with arrangements.