Estherlene Bernetta (Riley) Schrieman

Monday, July 15, 2019

Estherlene Bernetta (Riley) Schreiman, 87, of Waverly, died surrounded by her family, on July 12, 2019, at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall. She was a loyal and loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019, at Waverly Christian Church, with William W. Harlow officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Three Groves Cemetery in rural Waverly. Memorials may be made to Three Groves Cemetery or Apple Ridge Care Center Activity Department in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Friends may sign the online register book at

She was born Jan. 1, 1932 in Corder. She was a proud graduate of Corder High School and made a point to attend the school reunion every year. Her health did not allow her to attend this year.

She married Harry Schreiman in 1949. They were married for 64 years when Harry passed in 2014. They raised five children with love and devotion. Estherlene was the matriarch of their family farm.

After she and Harry lost their family farm in the 1980s farm crisis, Harry started driving a truck over the road. Home alone, and never one to sit idly, Estherlene started selling vegetables from her garden out of the back of her truck. Over the years, her hard work, generous hospitality, and entrepreneurial spirit grew that farm truck into Schrieman’s Market in Waverly. Schreiman’s Market became the town’s grocery store, produce market, bait shop, liquor store, u-pick strawberry farm, fireworks shop, and five o’clock parking lot beer-drinking hangout. Most importantly it became a hub of the community and Estherlene was always there with a warm greeting.

She was active in Republican politics throughout her life and was elected as the Middleton Township representative to the Lafayette County Republican County Committee. In an era before financial contributions ruled politics, she and Harry were invited guests to the inauguration of President George H. W. Bush.

In retirement, she was a devoted volunteer at Apple Ridge Care Center in Waverly. She truly enjoyed being a member of the Breakfast Club. She served on the Waverly Arts Council. After moving to the Waverly Senior Citizens Community, she enjoyed new friendships and many community meals and card games.

She was a longtime member of Three Groves Church and joined the Waverly Christian Church after moving to Waverly.

She was preceded in death by her husband Harry; a son, Tom (Crowbar) Schreiman; a grandson, Brad Schreiman; and two brothers, Kenneth Riley and Arlo Riley.

She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Alpers (Wes); and her children, John Schreiman (Judy), Steve Schreiman (Susan), Mark Schreiman (Ann), and Harriet Thorp (Kelly); and daughter-in-law, Debbie Schreiman; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.