Joan Riegel

Joan Riegel

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Joan Riegel


HARRISBURG — Joan Riegel, 90, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Harrisburg, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, in Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham.

Joan was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Harrisburg, to the late Leslie Clarence Lightfoot and Edith (Carlyle) Whitlock.

She married Wayne L. Jones on Oct. 4, 1946 and he preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1971. She later married William Grant Riegel on April 12, 1979, and he preceded her in death on Oct. 22, 2012.

Joan formerly worked in advertising for the Harrisburg Daily Register and served as Treasurer for the city of Harrisburg.

Joan was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Birmingham.

Joan is survived by a son, Paul W. Jones and wife, Patricia, of Naples, Florida; son, Dr. Larry R. Jones and wife, Janet, of Harrisburg; daughters, Connie Moore and husband, Robert, of Birmingham, Alabama, and Edie Sparks and husband, Thomas, of Kennesaw, Georgia; stepsons, Lowell Riegel and wife, Debbie, of Benton, and Gary Riegel and wife, Irma, of Oakland; nine grandchildren, Rebecca Massey and husband, Joel, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Marcia Burch and husband, Stephen, of Columbia, South Carolina, Tara Grosner and husband, John, of New York, Dr. Loren Jones and wife, Karee, of Austin, Texas, Dr. Braden Jones and wife, Dr. Courtney, of Newburgh, Indiana, Rachel Moore of Birmingham, Alabama, Caroline Moore of Birmingham, Alabama, Matthew Sparks of Kennesaw, Georgia, and Samuel Sparks of Kennesaw, Georgia; three stepgrandchildren, David Riegel, Daniel Riegel and wife, Lailah, of Galatia, and Brant Riegel and wife, Dr. Daniela, of St. Louis; 12 great-grandchildren, Lon and Carter Massey of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Taylor and Payton Burch of Columbia, South Carolina, Ingrid Grosner of New York, Millie and Otis Jones of Austin, Texas, Thomas Beckett and Sophie Jones of Newburgh, Indiana, and Bella and Trent Riegel of St. Louis.

In addition to her parents, and husbands, Wayne L. Jones and William Grant Riegel; Joan was preceded in death by a brother, Carlyle Lightfoot.

Services for Joan Riegel will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in Reed Funeral Chapel in Harrisburg. The Rev. Laurie Fields will officiate and burial will follow in Sunset Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31.

Memorial contributions in memory of Joan Riegel may be made to the Harrisburg Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 428, Harrisburg, IL 62946 and envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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