Rhonda G. Ries

August 19, 1952 ~ December 21, 2023 (age 71) 71 Years Old
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Rhonda Ries Obituary

Rhonda Gayle Ries, 71, of Bellevue died at Stein Hospice in Sandusky, on Thursday, December 21,2023.

Rhonda was born in Pikeville, Kentucky on August 19, 1952 to Esta (Hamilton) and Wille Wicker.

Rhonda’s family moved from Kentucky to Ohio. She grew up out to Cooper, as she always told us.

She attended Thompson School and was in the last Junior class of 1968-1969, She then moved into the Bellevue High School and graduated in 1970. She attended Ohio State School of Cosmetology, graduated and worked as a beautician for many years in local shops around Bellevue.

Rhonda met Tom Ries at his cousin’s wedding and they were married on December 18, 1971. They just celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary.

After having her three daughters, Rhonda decided to go to work in the Bellevue City School system. She started as a classroom aid and subbing in the cafeterias. She then moved to the high school and was the assistant head cook. She was a copy lady when she retired in 2009, after 25 years.

She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was seen in the stands at most of the sporting events and music programs in which they participated.

Rhonda enjoyed reading, but her greatest joy was her family, especially being “Gramma” to her six grandkids!

Rhonda is survived by her husband, Tom; daughters, Michelle Caniff; Jennifer (Doug) Myers and Emily (Matt) Meyer, all of Bellevue as well as her grandkids, Nolan, Cora, Ava Meyer; Reese, Evan Myers. Her brother, Bobby (Pam) Sturgill of Washington state, sister-in-law, Shirley Dick of Bellevue, along with nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Rhonda was close to Jani Kingston of Florida, who was her sister in life.

Mrs. Ries was preceded in death by her father and mother, grandma Ivelee Hamilton, brother, Clarence “Buddy” Wicker, granddaughter, Olivia Meyer; son-in-law, Joshua Caniff and mother-in-law, Betty Ries.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, December 26, 2023 from 2-7:00 pm at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. The funeral will be on Wednesday, December 27, 2023 at 10:30 am at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodpecker Cemetery, Bellevue.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials, be made to Stein Hospice.

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December 26, 2023

2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Auxter Funeral Home
1105 Castalia Street
Bellevue, OH 44811

Funeral Service
December 27, 2023

10:30 AM
Auxter Funeral Home
1105 Castalia Street
Bellevue, OH 44811


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