In loving memory of

Dorothy Lucille Riley
December 20, 1934 - September 6, 2023

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Dorothy Riley, 88, passed away on Wednesday, September 6, 2023, at home.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2023, at St. Mathias Church. The Reverend Chris Weber will officiate. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Burial will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at

Visitation will be held from 4 until 6 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2023, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Mary's Cemetery.

Dorothy was born on December 20, 1934, in Muscatine, the daughter of Raymond Joseph and Elizabeth 'Elsie' Helen Theobald Kurriger. She married Edward Walter Riley IV on August 31, 1958.

She graduated from Muscatine Catholic High School in 1952. She then graduated in 1954 from Nursing Training at Mercy Hospital. After graduating, she worked at the Chicago Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium. She moved back to Muscatine and raised five children while running the Riley Ambulance with her husband, Ed.

Dorothy was a member of Ss. Mary and Mathias Catholic Parish, The Bells of St. Mary's, and Catholic Daughters Joan of Arc #524. She enjoyed watching the Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandson. She was an avid Chicago Cubs fan and enjoyed watching them win the World Series in 2016.

Dorothy is survived by her husband, Ed Riley of Muscatine; four children, Martha Orr and Kevin Brown, of Fairfax, Virginia, Sarah Woolley and husband, Rick, of Macon, Missouri, Jennifer Riley-Vogel and husband, Joseph, of Muscatine, and Edward 'Ted' Walter Riley V and wife, Kelley, of St. Paul, Minnesota; son-in-law, Doug Phelps of Muscatine; nine grandchildren, Erin Collins and husband, Andy Steinfeldt, Caitlin Collins, Jordan Collins, Charles Vogel and wife, Sarah, Samantha Vogel, Erica Riley and fiancé Steven Bell, Edward 'Teddy' Walter Riley VI and Bobbi Braaten, Maxwell Riley and fiancé, Audrey Tchaa, and Nicholas Riley and fiancé, Atheena Yang; and one great grandson, Henry Joseph Vogel.

She is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Colleen Riley; and two siblings, Richard Kurriger and Marie Greenwald.


Anna Jameson Gagel wrote on Sep 9, 2023:

"Martha and family I'm so sorry for the loss of your mother. May you find peace in knowing she is now in the arms of our Savior. My heart goes out to you. Anna Jameson Gagel"

William, Sarah, and Jason Brown rom Greenisland. N wrote on Sep 9, 2023:

"Martha and family circle. We are so sorrry for your lost. We are thinking and praying for you and your family. Bill, Sally, and Jason"

Janet Wareham wrote on Sep 8, 2023:

" Ed and family, My deepest sympathy to you, on the loss of your dear Dorothy, my classmate and friend. She will be greatly missed at our nursing reunions. Thank you Ed, for always bringing Dorothy! Remembering the good times, loved her. Prayers to all! RIP and God Bless. Janet Wareham"

Susan (Richmond) Abbott wrote on Sep 8, 2023:

"Martha, Sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I'll be thinking of you and your family tomorrow as you celebrate her life. Hugs and prayers to you and your family, Susan (Richmond) Abbott"

Tom & Tracey Summitt wrote on Sep 7, 2023:

"So very sorry for the loss of a wonderful person. Thoughts, love, and prayers to the entire Riley/Vogel family. Blessings....."

Fr. Walter Helms wrote on Sep 7, 2023:

"Oops! Sorry to have mistaken Mary for Dorothy in previous posting. Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you, just the same"

Marla Hoopes Niffen wrote on Sep 7, 2023:

"Martha and family - so sorry to hear of your mom?s passing. She always had a beautiful smile and was always so warm and welcoming. Hugs to you!"

Doug Phelps wrote on Sep 7, 2023:

"Ed and family. I am sure Colleen has bleacher seats lined up at Wrigley already! She loved to text with Dorothy during every Cubs or Hawkeyes game, and would expect a final Cubs Win!! text from her on those nights she went to bed early and Dorothy would stay up to the end! I have nothing but love and memories. Doug"

Clare Schumacher Snyder wrote on Sep 6, 2023:

"My condolences to all the families. It?s so sad to hear but I do have lots of memories with the family and picnic in park and all the celebrations at the house. She was quite the lady. Mom and dad and Lowell are waiting to party. Lowell is waiting for you "

Brian Hammer wrote on Sep 6, 2023:

"To Martha and family. Your mom was a very nice lady and I always enjoyed talking to her. She was always so gracious. "

Rick Smith wrote on Sep 6, 2023:

"To Ed and the entire Riley and Vogel family...While words fall short at times like this, know that you're in my thoughts...Peace, Grace, & Love...Rick Smith "

Fr. Walter Helms wrote on Sep 6, 2023:

"Ed, Mary and Family, Sorry to learn of Mary's death. A long and full life to be celebrated, as I hope you are able to do in these days of remembrance."