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Martha Riehle’s 85th Birthday Celebration

Martha (LeSaint) Riehle was born September 3, 1918.  Eighty-five years later, on August 30, 2003, family and friends gathered with her to celebrate her birthday aboard the Belle of Cincinnati, cruising the Ohio River from the Port of Cincinnati.  Each of her five sons read tributes collected from family members that consistently characterized Martha as being as wise as her years, but as fresh and spontaneous as ever.  After the cruise we gathered at the home of Dan and Melanie Riehle to continue the celebration. 

All 21 grandchildren, ages 10 up through 36,  joined the celebration, coming from as far away as North Carolina and Ontario, Canada.  Perhaps this is the most significant tribute, that not one of them would miss grandma’s party!

Gathering outside the Belle of Cincinnati before the cruise…
The Belle of Cincinnati
Boarding the Belle
Sarah & Megan

In the party room on board the Belle before lunch… 

Everyone got a birthday pin!
Martha with Missy Riehle, the wife of grandson Bill.

After the cruise at the home of son Dan & his wife Melanie…


The next day, Martha and sister Mary host out of town visitors
with the usual big, noisy card game…

A very special thanks to Melanie Riehle for organizing the
cruise and hosting the gathering at her and Dan’s home afterward.
Well done, as always!

Note:
Martha Riehle’s spouse was Joseph E. Riehle (1918-1983) who was from the Riehle line of Albert J, Francis A. and Clemens Riehle.

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