Naomi Erickson Reisetter ’51 dies

| October 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Naomi Erickson Reisetter ’51 died June 27, 2015 in Story City, Iowa.  Naomi met her husband, Howard, at Waldorf College.  She taught 2nd grade at Ellsworth Community School until they were married in December 1951 while Howard was on leave from the US Navy.  After he was discharged they made their home in Story City.  In the late 60s she began working with elder services in Story County, working for Mi-Iowa Community Action (MICA) writing the grants that would establish the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) and other programs including Meals on Wheels and senior luncheons in Story County.  She established programs in Story City, Zearing and Nevada.

Naomi pursued a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University graduating in 1979 and immediately started on a master’s degree at ISU graduating with a degree in family therapy in 1986.  She was a member of the psychology National Honor Society, Psi Chi.  She worked as a family therapist for Lutheran Social Services in Ames and then Quakerdale in New Providence, retiring in 1995.

Naomi and Howard enjoyed traveling, visiting Norway, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Mexico and all of the 48 contiguous states. She also enjoyed swimming, hiking, gardening, sewing and reading.

Survivors include her husband Howard Reisetter ’51; sons, Larry Reisetter ’73, Wayne Reisetter ’75, and Steve; daughters Carolyn Reisetter Pflibsen ’83, Kathryn Reisetter Houck ’86, and Mari; sister Lois Erickson Knutson ’47; and brothers, Richard Erickson ’53 and Jim Erickson ’55.

Filed Under: 1947, 1951, 1953, 1955, 1973, 1975, 1983, 1986, Class Years