Wallace “Wally” R. Reierson, 65, of Janesville, formerly of Rio, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville, with family by his side. Wally very bravely battled his illness for 2 1/2 years in spite of the obstacles that continued to arise.
Wally was born Oct. 31, 1951, to Norman and Adeline (Staveness) Reierson. He graduated from Rio High School. Farming was Wally’s first love. Throughout his life he was involved in farming in some manner or another. He married Tania (Sergevna). He met Tania while working in Ufa, Russia. They have one son, Andrew, who was the center of his life. Andy and his partner Jess were Wally’s primary caregivers during this time. When Andy would enter his room, whether at the hospital or at home, you could always see a smile, he would even say how Andy’s presence lifted his spirits.
Wally believed he grew up at special time in a great neighborhood. With two of his dad’s sisters, Marian Roberts and Ruby Roettinger, and their families living near as well as neighborhood friends including the Rowe, Kampen, Olson and Halpin families. Always enough kids for a game of baseball. Wally’s work life began on the family farm while also employed at the Rio Farmers Union Co-op. From there he began working at Giddings and Lewis (Gilman). He held a variety of positions there which eventually took him to many places that included Russia, Spain, China, Holland, England, France, Mexico and many places in the U.S. doing assembly line and robot installations. The crew that he traveled with were also very close and dear friends, too numerous to mention all of them.
Survivors include his wife, Tania; his son, Andrew and partner, Jess Shuman. and her two children, Aiden and Keagan Pruette; siblings, sister, Bonnie (Mike) Missall, brothers, Dan Reierson and Richard (Joan) Reierson, and sister, Robin (Bruce) Brant; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, of which he was particularly close with Pete Roettinger. Wally had friends a plenty, which was abundantly clear by the number of people who came to visit him, including childhood friends, Ken Denure and John Golliher, and Bruce, Ron and Roger, his hobby farming buddies from his years in Janesville.
Wally’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital in Janesville and in Madison for their love, care and support. As well as Home Health United Visiting Nurse Service and Hospice Care.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A celebration of life will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the American Legion Hall, Rio.
Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville.