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Michelle "Shelly" Ries

October 2, 1959 ~ August 30, 2019 (age 59)



Michelle "Shelly" Ries, age 59, of Watertown, SD, passed away on Friday, August 30, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown.  Pastor Steve Biswell will officiate.  The family is requested to meet at the chapel on Wednesday by 10:30 a.m. for a prayer service.

Visitation will be at the Crawford-Osthus Funeral Chapel in Watertown on Wednesday prior to the service at 10:00 a.m.

Burial will be at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hayti, SD.  

Shelly was born on October 2, 1959, in Watertown, SD, to Richard “Dick” and Lydell (Opdahl) Walder.  She attended Hamlin school where she graduated and shortly after moved to Arizona.  In 1983, Michelle moved back to Watertown where she met Andy Ries.

In the summer of 1986, Shelly married Andy Ries and to this union 2 children were born.  Shelly worked for Premier Bank Card for over fifteen years and loved all of her co-workers, whom she considered family. 

Shelly loved reality TV!! You would often find her watching Survivor, Big Brother or the Real Housewives of New York, but it was being grandma and mom that she loved most.  She loved spending time with her kids and grandkids, whom will miss her tremendously. Shelly also loved her dog Tiger who provided companionship and comfort at their home together.

Shelly is survived by her three children: Anne Marie (Braden) Kanipes of Mt. Juliet, TN, Lindsey (Steven) Schwinger of Watertown, SD, and Sam Ries of Denver, CO; mother, Lydell Walder, Watertown, SD;  two brothers: Wayne Walder of Hayti, SD, Tom (Samantha) Walder of Tea, SD; three sisters: Cindy (Gary) Brugman, Jolene (Mark) Stolp, and Paula (Greg) Johnson all of Watertown, SD; 5 grandchildren, Zoe, Elisa, Jace, Claire, and Liam.

Shelly is preceded in death by her dad, Dick and brother Steve Walder. 

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September 4, 2019

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Crawford - Osthus Funeral Chapel (Watertown)

Celebration of Life
September 4, 2019

11:00 AM
Crawford - Osthus Funeral Chapel (Watertown)

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