Regina Mae Ryser died peacefully in her sleep on Dec. 24, 2018 at home. She was born Feb. 7, 1934 in Effingham, Kansas to Vera and Herbert Happel, the youngest of 3 daughters. She met her husband of 65 years, Royal, in the third grade. She graduated from high school in 1952 and worked in Topeka, Kansas before she and Royal married on April 30, 1953.
They lived in Italy and while Royal was serving in the Navy. They then moved to Manhattan, Kansas where Regina worked while Royal earned his degree. After that they moved to many different cities, having 3 wonderful daughters along the way.
Regina was the center of the family. Her greatest joy in life was her family, and she devoted herself completely to making a happy home for them. She was a Campfire Girl leader to her daughters and many other girls, involved in school activities with all her daughters. She was deeply involved her church community and made many friends there throughout her life. As her daughters grew-up and went to college, she rejoined the work force in order to help provide financially for their studies.
Regina was truly a special person, great wife and mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Her greatest sense of achievement was her family, 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 65 years, Royal, daughters Joy (Leroy) Medina, Ann (Frank) Kolonics, and Karen (Bill) Flynn; grandsons Sam Medina, Max Kolonics, and Will Flynn, granddaughter Molly (Jeff) OCampo; great grandson Luca OCampo and great granddaughter, Mila (to be born Dec 28).
She is preceded in death by her parents Vera and Herbert, her sisters Maxine and Louise and granddaughter Katie.
Words fail us as we attempt to convey the spirit in our lives that was Regina, a truly remarkable, loving and generous woman.
Service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Loveland, CO on Saturday Dec. 29, 2018 at 2:00pm. Her cremains will be interred at the church. In lieu of flowers, Regina requested contributions to the church or organization of your choice. Go to www.viegutfuneralhome.com for online condolences.