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January 30, 2023

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Memorial service for Arvilla Reichel at Zion on Jan. 26

The memorial service for Arvilla M. Reichel, 95, of Stewartville will be held at Zion Lutheran Church in Stewartville on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023 at 12 p.m. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to the start of the service, with Pastor Tim Bowman officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Stewartville.
Arvilla May Roheim was born May 21, 1927, to Even and Anna Roheim of Rock Dell Township. She was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church. She attended Olmsted County District #98 and Rochester High School. She graduated from St. Olaf College on the morning of June 6, 1949 and was united in marriage to Glenn Reichel at St. John's Lutheran Church in Northfield that same afternoon. They farmed for 11 years in Rock Dell Township and then moved to Stewartville, where Glenn was involved in home building and construction.
Arvilla taught home economics, grades 7-12, at Stewartville High School in 1951-1953. In the 1970s she helped establish and was actively involved in the volunteer department at the Stewartville Nursing Home. She served on the Stewartville Library Board and was a member of the Monday Study Club. In the 1980s she took classes to become a home health aide and nursing assistant. She spent several years working for Olmsted County Health Department, Samaritan Bethany and Stewartville Nursing Home. Later she attended classes at the University of Minnesota and Winona State University to receive her licensure in early childhood education. She was a parent educator during the 1990s in Stewartville and continued to do substitute teaching for all grades well into her eighties. Students from five decades claim her as teacher and friend.
Throughout her life, Arvilla enjoyed choir singing and acting in plays and skits, sewing costumes and creating props.
She was especially thankful for her Christian faith, for the privilege of teaching and being an encourager; also thankful for all her family, for thoughtful friends and for the many blessings of good health and a long life.
She is survived by a daughter, Gretchen (David) Porter; sons, Bryan Reichel and Craig (Brenda) Reichel. Also surviving are eight grandchildren: Benjamin Porter, Erica Carlson, Rebecca (McClain) Looney, Jacob (Jamie) Porter, Anna (Shane) Mensink, Brooke (Aaron) Vandenberg, Luke (Danielle) Reichel and Avary Reichel. She is also survived by 20 great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Blake Gilmore, Gabe and Cayden Carlson, Keller Waters, Olivia Porter, Alma and Mack Looney, Ellen and Emma Porter, Gavin and Blake Krahn, Kale, Kaylin and Kypton Mensink, Morgan and Taylor Vandenberg, Oakley, Maverick and Ozzy Reichel. Also survived by one great-great grandchild, Olana Porter.
Her husband, Glenn, preceded her in death on May 15, 2010.
Memorials are suggested to the Stewartville Swimming Pool, Stewartville Library, Stewartville Fire Department/First Responders or Zion Lutheran Church.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Arvilla are welcome at

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