Mary Jo (Isom) Rieke began to shine her light on this world on February 21st, 1959. She brightened the lives of everyone who was lucky enough to cross her path in this life. To the devastation of her family and friends, her light went out on October 25th, 2018 when she finally returned to her forever home.
She was the best wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, friend and Gaga that one could ever ask for. She was a single mom for most of her motherhood years. She worked very hard in several different fields and had an outstanding work ethic. She never met a stranger and was always interested in getting to know people. She was as kind as they come and will be missed tremendously by those who love her. Our sun will not shine quite as bright without her here in our lives. We know that she will be with us as her love was larger than life. She was with the love of her life and husband, Paul Rieke for 22 years.
In February 2018, Mary Jo was diagnosed with metastatic cancer that had moved to her brain to form several tumors. It was a devastating blow to everyone who loves her. Despite several life threatening obstacles, she fought very hard and beat so many odds throughout her fight with cancer. Her husband and family cared for her during this trying time, and kept her as comfortable as possible.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Rieke; her adoring mother, Judy Shaumeyer. She is also survived by her children; Walter Bauer, Nalonna Bauer and Shahera Bauer. Several grandchildren; Marissa, Kali, Vivian, Natalie and Boss Baby (who will arrive on her birthday in February 2019) Her sisters; Ginny (Dan) Ziegler, Kellie (Steve) Flamez, Pokie, Ange (Karen) Isom and Jaye (John) Moloski. She was preceded in death by her father, James Isom.
Casual services will be November 10th, 2018 from 1:00-5:00 pm at the Newmark Clubhouse, 9808 N. Campbell Drive, Kansas City, Missouri 64155.
Neice ,Emporia ,Kansas
Aunt Mary Jo made a strong and loving impact on me from the time I was a little girl. She brought mauch love and happiness into my life in my formidable years. She always greeted me with a hug and smile and never said good bye without an "I love you". I am blessed in this life to be able to call her family, she will be missed dearly. Love to my cousins, Nalonna and Walter, and all who had the great pleasure of calling her family or friend!
Sister-in-law ,Kansas City ,Missouri
Mary Jo was sweet and very kind to me from the first time I met her, about 11 years ago now. Every time I saw her, she made me feel like family. I hope that everyone who loved Mary Jo finds comfort in each other and strength in the many beautiful memories she left behind.