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Rev. Mr. Frederick J. Reker – Obituary

Name: Rev. Mr. Frederick J. Reker

Age: 84

Born: 09-22-1928

Died: 12-31-2012

4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Daniel Funeral Home, St. Cloud

11 a.m. Thursday, Janaury 3 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, St. Cloud

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, January 3rd at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in St. Cloud for Rev. Mr. Frederick J. Reker, age 84, of St. Cloud, who died on Monday at his home surrounded by his loving family. Most Reverend John F. Kinney will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery. Friends may call on Wednesday (TODAY) between 4:00-8:00 PM and on Thursday after 9:00 AM at the Daniel Funeral Home in St. Cloud. St. John Cantius parish prayers will be on Wednesday at 6:30 PM at the funeral home followed by the Knights of Columbus Council # 961 at 7:00 PM.

Fred was born September 22, 1928 in Lismore to Fred and Catherine (Kern) Reker. He graduated from St. Mary’s College in Winona in 1951, and attended St. John’s Seminary for three years. Fred started working at the Liturgical Press at Collegeville in 1955. He retired in 1993. Fred married Rita M. Bechtold on June 14th, 1958 in Luxemburg. On June 2nd, 1978 Fred was ordained to the permanent deaconate for the St. Cloud Diocese by Bishop George Speltz. He was assigned to St. John Cantius Parish, and later to the cluster of St. John Cantius, St. Anthony’s and Holy Spirit parishes. He served as chaplain at the Foley Nursing Home for 19 years.

Fred loved to cook for his family, gardening and shoveling snow for the neighborhood. He was known for his very welcoming spirit, but above all else, Fred loved his wife, children and grandchildren. He shared his faith with all those he touched.

He was a member of St. John Cantius parish since 1958. Fred was a member and past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus Council #961. During his service to the St Cloud Diocese, Fred served as confirmation M.C. for the Bishop for ten years. He is a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Independent Order of Foresters, Collegeville Credit Union, which he served on the supervisory committee for 40 years. He was a member of the Catholic Credit Union of St. Cloud where he was a manager for five years. He was a member of St. Margaret’s-St. Joseph’s Society. Fred was chaplain for the Daughters of Isabella, and a member of the State Board of the Minnesota League of Credit Unions for six years.

Survivors include his wife Rita, children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Westerhoff (Jim) Cold Spring, Martin Reker (Karen) Rice, Matthew Reker, St. Cloud, and Leah Wunderlich (Dave) Owatonna, 11 grandchildren, Chad, Katrina, Caitlin Reker, Susanne Westerhoff-Uprety (Praveen), Benjamin, and Isaac Westerhoff, Savannah, Bria, Payton, Elizabeth, and Theresa Wunderlich, brothers, Milo Reker, Worthington, and Ray Reker, Sioux Falls SD.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters, Mary Catherine and Susanne Marie, sisters, Rosina Reker, Irene Stubbe, and Viola Honermann and brothers, Edwin, Roman, Alvin and Sylvester Reker, and an infant grandchild Jonah Wunderlich.

Memorials are preferred to the Catholic Education Foundation with the St. Cloud Diocese.

The family would like to thank the staffs at the St. Cloud Hospital Telemetry, Cardiac Care and Emergency Room at the St. Cloud Hospital, and St. Benedict’s Center.

Guestbook for Rev. Mr. Frederick J. Reker

Richard Korte
, Family friend
January 17, 2013, 11:12 pm
My condolenses to you Rita, I didn't know Fred very well but he was always so kind to our family.
Christine & Henry Knapp
, Fellow Deacon Folk
January 6, 2013, 7:05 am
We first met Fred and Rita, in the late 80s, in conjunction with regional deacon directorship. We have fond memories of them both being such powerful witnesses of faith and the Lords peace in the face of immense tragedy. May the Lord soon welcome Fred into the fullness of His Kingdom!
Kathleen Bernick
, Daughter of Marian Cahill
January 4, 2013, 11:22 am
Betsy: I just read your kind note. Thanks you for taking time from your own grieving to leave a message. Know that your family is in our thoughts as you go through your loss.
Don and Doris (Johns) Probst
, Cousin
January 2, 2013, 9:55 pm
We wish to extend our sympathy to you Rita and your beautiful family. Let them be your strength. You are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless all.
Michelle Lechner
January 2, 2013, 9:35 pm
My condolences to the family; I'm so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Fred well, but my Grandma, Diane Lechner, cherished their talks on Saturday afternoons. Not wanting to interrupt, Fred would only stop in if her driveway was empty and Grandma always made sure it was even if it meant kicking me out. Fred helped preside over her funeral in August. Even in the short amount of time I spent with him, it was easy for me to understand why my Grandma so looked forward to those Saturday talks.
Joel & Deb Reker Joens
, niece
January 2, 2013, 5:43 pm
Deep condolences during this difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you Rita & family
Paula Rue
, Friend of Leah Wunderlich Family
January 2, 2013, 8:41 am
My sympathy and prayers go out to all of you. I agree that he must have had a "very welcoming spirit" -- just look at how his smile lights up his face. God be with you.
Tood &Joan ( Pinky) Weidert Miller
, great niece
January 2, 2013, 7:29 am
Our sympathy Rita and family during this time. Thoughts and prayers.
Fr. Peter Brandenhoff
January 2, 2013, 7:17 am
I have fond memories of visiting the Liturgical Press next door to the seminary during my years there from 1965 - 1970. Fred was so kind, pleasant and helpful. Always a joy to visit with. May he rest in peace.
jonel dingman
, friend
January 2, 2013, 6:15 am
my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family and that god will give all of you the comfort and strength to get thru this diffcult time.
, Friend of family member
January 2, 2013, 3:30 am
Although I never met him, Fred sounds like an amazing person who touched the lives of many. He will be missed.
Russ & Becky Merrills
, Friend of Family
January 1, 2013, 10:52 pm
Fred will be missed and Russ so enjoyed their conversations. Our prayers and thoughts go out to the entire family.
Bob & Karen Weidner
, Employee
January 1, 2013, 5:25 pm
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Reker family, Bob and Karen Weidner.
Greg Wenner
, friend
January 1, 2013, 5:22 pm
Fred was as honorable and genuine a person as I have ever met. During his years as Chaplain at the Foley Nursing Center, I had the distinct honor of calling on Fred to officiate funeral services for families in the Foley area. His preaching manor and kind disposition will be greatly missed by many. Moreover, Fred was a great friend to myself. I will miss our conversations and his willingness to help when ever I needed him. This was a good man and one that will be missed. In sympathy, Greg Wenner Foley Funeral Home Owener/Director
Luella Pelkey
, Friend
January 1, 2013, 3:17 pm
Fred was a kind and helpfulful man. He will be greatly missed.
James P. Hesselmann
, Friend from Niwot, CO
January 1, 2013, 12:38 pm
Rita and family, you are in my thoughts, my heart, and my prayers.

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