IN MEMORIAM: Tile Setters Local 18’s Michael Riess


Michael J. Riess, 56, of Addieville, Ill., born March 21, 1965 in Belleville, Ill. died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 in Addieville.

Brother Riess was a heavy hauler for Riechmann Bros. and a retired union tile setter with Tile, Marble and Terrazzo Workers Local 18 of Missouri. He retired from Wiedwilt Tile, Inc., where he was employed for 27 years.

An avid outdoorsman who loved to fish and hunt, Brother Riess also enjoyed being with his family and his dog, Myah. He was also a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Lively Grove, Ill., Elkhorn Hunting and Fishing Club and Belleville South Bassmasters.

Brother Riess was preceded in death by his father, John O. Riess and a sister-in-law, Kay Riess.

He is survived by his wife, Linda K. (nee Wiedwilt) Riess, who he married in Lively Grove, Ill. on May 28, 1988; a son, Grant Riess and his fiancé, Rachael of Bethalto, Ill.; a daughter, Grace Riess and her fiancé, Josh of Energy, Ill.; his mother, Kathrine (nee Steehlinger) Riess; three brothers, Mark, Paul and Larry Riess; two sisters, Deanne Riess, Teresa (Dale) Friederich; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert (Beverly) Wiedwilt; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made in memory of Mike, to Hospice of Southern Illinois, 305 S. Illinois, Belleville, IL 62220. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting


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