Loving husband and father of nine Aloysius Martin Rieser Jr., MD, died Nov. 4 in Oro Valley, Arizona. He was 84. His family provided the following.
Al was born April 17, 1936, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Aloysius Martin Rieser Sr. and Loretta (Peters) Rieser. He received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1962 and practiced pathology in New Orleans and throughout the Midwest before setting up practice at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Crown Point, Indiana. He retired in 1997. Al served as a medical officer in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, commanding the 946th mobile medical laboratory in Long Binh, Vietnam.
He married Diana Fink on Dec. 4, 1976. He traveled to six continents, sailed competitively, and flew his airplane across the United States. He was an avid reader with a penchant for history books.
Al was a Renaissance man, cheering for the Blackhawks from his season ticket seats, to listening to Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra, and loving musicals and theater throughout the country. He had a love for astronomy, participating in astronomy groups at Adler Planetarium in Chicago and local groups in Jackson.
He was known for enjoying his life to the fullest, regularly attending Mardi Gras in New Orleans as one of the earliest members of the Krewe of Bacchus. Family and friends will remember his loud laughter, his warm hugs, his endless stories, how fiercely he loved the people in his life, his generosity, and his engineer’s hat.
Al was preceded in death by his father, Aloysius, his mother, Loretta, his daughter, Malina, and his brothers Tom and Terry. He is survived by his wife Diana; his eight children, Renee (Michael), Matthew (Kathy), Alicia, Michael (Lynne), Liz (Rob), Nikolas (Katie), Kristofer, and Nadija (Scott); his sisters Joan, and Clarice (Richard); and his grandchildren Amy, Ariana, Tamás, Aaron, Arthur and Andrea.