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July 28, 1934 - April 11, 2016

Anna was born July 28, 1934 in Fort Atkinson, Iowa to Martin and  Stella (Novotny) Riha. She graduated from the Fort Atkinson High School. She married Linus Wenthold. They later divorced. On April 26, 1985 she married Orval Cook.  Orval later died on January 26, 2008. She had worked at Control Data in Spring Grove, The Countryside Inn, Skyline Supper Club, McCabe’s Supper Club, the Hitching Post, and Carlson Materials.  She was a member of the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel and formerly a member of the Catholic Workman’s club in Spillville, Iowa.  She enjoyed playing BINGO, scratching lottery tickets, playing word find and crossword puzzles, baking cinnamon rolls, donuts, and Kolaches, and spending winters in Arizona with Orval.

Anna passed on to meet the Lord on Monday, April 11, 2016 of complications from a massive stroke while at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa at the age of 81.

Anna is survived by four children DeWayne (Jeanette) Wenthold of Kalispell, Montana, Cathy Peterson of Mabel, Diane Wilder of Mabel, and Sandra (Dan) Miller of Port Angeles, Washington; seven step-children David (Sharon) Cook of Oelwein, Iowa, Dawn (Randy) Teslow of Ossian, Iowa, Darrell Cook of Farmington, Minnesota, Darwin “Darby” (Diane) Cook of Ossian, Denise Shindelar of Chester, Iowa, Darla (Kevin) Wenthold of Ossian, and Darcy (Mike) Powers of Decorah; grandchildren Whitney Wenthold, Jim Peterson, Bethany (Nick) Moen, Nicole (Tyler) Jensen, and Adam (Heather) Wilder; great grandchildren Tysen and Ryland Moen, Kenley and Madelyn Jensen, and Grayson andTyten Wilder; 25 step-grandchildren; 31 step-great grandchildren; a brother Donald (Rosie) Riha of Fort Atkinson, Iowa; two sisters Agnes Schmitt of West Union, Iowa and Marcie Schneberger of Fort Atkinson, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Orval, a son-in-law AugieShindelar, a brother-in-law Arthur Schmitt and Leroy Schneberger, and a sister-in-law Rosie Riha. 

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Monday, April 18, 2016 at the St. Olaf Catholic Church in Mabel with Father Joe Hennen officiating.  Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery in Canton, Minnesota. Visitation will be 4 – 7 PM Sunday, April 17 at the St. Olaf Catholic Church and one hour prior to services at the church. The Rosary will be recited at 7pm Sunday at the Church.

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