Class of 1932

Erna Helene (Schachinger) Rief

June 10, 1914 – March 18, 2013

In 1914 Mrs. Rief was born in Germany. When Erna was just 11 years old she lived through Russian soldiers invading the family home. Her family was forced to flee their home in Germany. She grew up very cultured in her homeland. In 1925 her family came to America. They settled in Oklahoma and lived on a beautiful farm.

She graduated from Perry High School in 1932, attended the University Junior College at Tonkawa, and received her bachelor’s of science degree from Central State Teachers College in Edmond, Oklahoma.

She and Reinhold Reif grew up together in Germany and were married in 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, where they made their home before moving to Macomb Township, Michigan. Mrs. Rief was predeceased by her dear husband, Reinhold.

Mrs. Rief was a strong and intelligent woman. Erna Rief spoke fluent German and her English, both spoken and written, was impeccable.

She was devoted to her church, Hope Community Baptist Church in Sterling Heights. She has been active in many areas of the church including the choir. Her church has been a place of prayer and lifelong friendships.

Erna is survived by many loving nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

The funeral service will take place on Friday (March 22, 2013) at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Community Baptist Church, 42259 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313 with Rev. George Johnson officiating. Interment will be held at White Chapel Cemetery in Troy, Michigan. Please direct memorial contributions to Hope Community Baptist Church, 42259 Hayes Road, Sterling Heights, Michigan 48313.