Josef “Joe” Rieder

A memorial service for Joe was held on January 24, 2015 at St. Anthonys Catholic Church with Father Pier Pandolfo officiating. We came to Canada in November of 1975 from Austria. Spent a year in Toronto working before coming to Houston. It was an ad that Pete Bodnar was looking for a Europian machinist. We came here and Joe worked for Pete then later for Northwood until he opened his own shop “Joes Machining” in 1980. Then in 1994 he retired.

Joe was an avid hunter and fisherman. This was one of the reasons he wanted to move here. Joe had two good friends, Morice Bellecini and Ross Merkley. Also trained two apprentices, Pete Bruer and Leslie Harmati. In March of 2006 Joe suffered from a massive stroke. With help from the homecare workers and Mike from Physio he was able to walk with support of railings but spent most of his time in a wheelchair. The Rieder family, Marie, Monika, Reinhard, Gerti, Josef and families.


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