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Mary Eugenia “Genia” Riibe

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YANKTON — Mary Eugenia “Genia” Riibe, 95, Yankton, S.D., died Aug. 6, 2021, at her home surrounded by family.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Aug. 11, at Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton, with the Rev. Kwen Sanderson and Chaplain Aaron Weston officiating.

Burial will follow in the Obert Cemetery, Obert.

Visitation was Aug. 10 at the funeral home. There will also be visitation for one hour prior to service time on Wednesday. Live streaming of Genia’s services can be found at

Arrangements are under the direction of Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton.

Genia, the daughter of Henry and Gladys (Mount) Olsen, was born June 24, 1926, in Wynot. She attended rural schools in the Wynot area, graduating from Wynot High School in 1943, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Obert. Genia met the love of her life in Francis W. Riibe and they married Aug. 8, 1943. Genia lived in Wynot and Newcastle before moving to South Sioux City in 1948. Here she was employed with S. S. Kressge, Wincharger, Zenith, a baker for the South Sioux Schools and was a member of the First Lutheran Church until 1976, when she returned to Newcastle. She lived in Newcastle from 1977-1987, and was employed at the Village Cafe and also worked as a news correspondent for the Nebraska Journal Leader and the South Sioux City Star.

In 1987, Genia moved to Yankton, working for Gurney’s, Save-U-More bakery, and Service Master, along with a few other jobs. In Yankton, she became a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church and 12th unit of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Eugene (Sharon) Olsen , Obert; several nieces and nephews; two sons, Donald (Cam) Riibe, Orange City, Iowa, and Patrick (Kim Wheeldon-Johnson) Riibe, Yankton, S.D.; two grandsons, Albert (Tina) Riibe, Rock Rapids Iowa, and Lawrence (Ashley) Riibe, Orange City, Iowa; two granddaughters, Krysta (Bryan) Prior, Yankton S.D., and Theresa (Darren) Riibe, Centerville, S.D.; step grandson, Jacob (Tiffany) Bergeson, Sioux Falls, S.D.; and five adopted grandchildren, Richard Riibe, Brad (Shawna) Riibe, Jon (Alexis Grant) Riibe, Annie (Paul) Lilly, Mary Ellen Riibe; great-grandsons, Mitchell, Joshua, Austin, Henrick, Tate, Braxton and Robert; and great-grandaughters, Maddeline, Sloan, Brooke, McKayla, Tia, Korra and Elana.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Gladys (Mount) Olsen; a brother, Dane Olsen; a sister, Darlene Jensen; husband, Francis Riibe; an infant son, and adopted grandson, Robert Riibe.