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Reta M. (Farris) Bichel

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6:30 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Thursday, March 7, 2019
10:30 A.M.
Peterson Mortuary
212 S. Locust Street
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Reta M. (Farris) Bichel, 79 of Glenwood, Iowa passed away March 1, 2019 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was born September 20, 1939 in Corning, Iowa to Fred Alphie-Dan and Opal Lorene (Chambers) Farris. Reta graduated from Glenwood High School in 1957. She was united in marriage to Richard Larry Bichel on June 26, 1960 in Glenwood, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Robin and Ryan.

Reta was employed as a directory assistance operator for Northwestern Bell. She was a member of the Emanuel Church of the Nazarene in Council Bluffs. She was a talented seamstress, fabulous cook, enjoyed gardening and collecting snowmen. Reta also enjoyed helping her family at Garden Treasures.

Preceding Reta in passing were her parents, husband and sister, Janice Bacon. Survivors include her children, Robin (Craig) Brannin of Overland Park, Kansas; Ryan (Connie) Bichel of Glenwood, Iowa; grandchildren, Bailey (Nathan) Bowen, Brandon Bichel, Keegin Brannin and Kade Brannin; twin sister Reba (Roger) Jantz of Lincoln, Nebraska; extended relatives and many friends.

Interment, Mineola Cemetery, Mineola, Iowa.

Memorials may be directed to Josie Harper Hospice House or Glenwood Public Library.

12 Condolences

  • Mike & Judie Jens Posted March 2, 2019 10:10 pm

    Kind and wonderful lady

  • Clarence and Helen Boles Posted March 2, 2019 11:50 pm

    We are so sorry to hear of Rita’s passing. Remembering her as a young lady and was alway a friend. Will miss
    seeing her in the Spring when it is time to plant. May God bless each of you with His peace. Love, Jr. & Helen

  • Norma Hudson Posted March 3, 2019 7:05 pm

    Reba, many hugs to you, in loosing your life long partner. Robin and Ryan, I am so sorry for the loss of your Mother, To Reta’s grandchildren, may you find comfort in the days ahead. Loosing a loved one is never easy. To all of Reta’s family, may memories sustain you.

  • Kent Harold Posted March 3, 2019 8:01 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss; I’ve known Reta my whole life because Reta’s mother and Leo Chambers were bro/sis and Leo’s wife, Verla, was 1st cousin to my dad, Leonard Harold. Reta’s outgoing personality will be greatly missed.

  • Dale & Diane Malcom Posted March 3, 2019 8:59 pm

    Robin & family & Ryan & family,

    Reta was a kind and gentle person but she also had an ornery streak too. She seemed to always have a smile on her face when you met her. She loved her family deeply and will be missed by all who knew her. May she be reunited with Larry and other loved ones at the gates of Heaven. Rest in everlasting peace!

  • Arlene Fender Posted March 4, 2019 12:39 pm

    My heart grieves with yours. I’ll always remember Rita’s smile and how she called Robin “Robby”. She was a sweet, kind lady with a sweet spirit and will be missed by all who knew her.

  • Donna Cornett Posted March 4, 2019 2:09 pm

    Reba, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that both of you will be held in the minds, hearts, and memories of all those who know you. RIP Reta.
    Donna Slikkerveer Cornett

  • Peggy Anderson Posted March 4, 2019 10:27 pm

    My prayers go out to Reta’s family. She was such a sweet, loving person that would do anything for you. She will be missed.

  • Joel Miller Posted March 5, 2019 8:05 am

    My condolences to Reta’s family. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to the funeral. It was my good fortune to know Reta for most of my life. She was one of the sweetest women I’ve ever known. It was always a treat to see her at church when I made it home to visit my parents. May God grant you peace as you mourn her passing.

  • Barbara & Roger Denson Posted March 6, 2019 4:23 pm

    To the GREASTEST Aunt any one could have I remember the summers we spent and the fun we had. Sorry I could not be there at this time but thoughts are with all of you.

  • Jacquie Lybarger Posted March 6, 2019 7:19 pm

    My condolences to Reta’s family. My heart is saddened by your loss & my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Reta was sweet and special!

  • BELINDA REA MANOS Posted April 5, 2019 11:07 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. I just found this out from a neighbor. Reta was a lovely person and a good neighbor at Key Jo Point. My deepest sympathies to her family.

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