February 8, 1927 ~ July 7, 2020

Born in: Gillette, Wyoming
Resided in: Pueblo West, Colorado

Lucille Rike, 93, beloved daughter, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away peacefully at home on July 7, 2020. She was born to parents, Ethel and Emil Kirch on February 8, 1927, in Gillette, Wyo. She graduated high school at a young age and came to Pueblo at the age of 17 in the fall of 1944. Lucille knew she always wanted to be a nurse. She entered the Cadet Nurse Corp at the Minnequa School of Nursing at Corwin Hospital. She graduated in 1947, as a registered nurse. Lucille was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Rike; brother, Elden Kirch; and granddaughter, Kristen LeBlanc. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Rike LeBlanc; grandson, Eric LeBlanc; and great-grandchildren, Alex and Morgan LeBlanc. Her family was blessed by her unconditional love and devotion. Lucille loved her profession as a nurse. She also enjoyed playing the piano, sewing, gardening and her family. She always made the holidays special for her family and friends. Lucille will be missed greatly by her family. Her family would like to thank Dr. Cheryl Cavalli and Sangre de Cristo Hospice for their support in caring for Lucille. Cremation has taken place with no formal services. Memorials may be made to Sangre de Cristo Hospice, 1207 Pueblo Blvd. Way, Pueblo, CO  81005. Online condolences, www.MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. Dear Nancy! I’m so sorry to read about your mother! I know how close you were. This will be quite a change for you. Losing a mom is such a soul shattering event. My prayers are with you! Sending hugs!
    Love, Adele Merson

  2. Nancy, I am so sorry to hear this very sad news. I loved your mother as my own. She and your dad were so kind to me all through the years. We had some wonderful times together…I loved her laugh!
    Take care, be strong and know how loved she was, and you too!

  3. Nancy, I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family for the loss of your mother. I remember those times
    when I enjoyed the nurse alumni events with our mothers. Your Mom was a class act and so gracious. Fondly, Judy (Jesik) Chandler

  4. Nancy, So sorry for the loss of your mother. I remember the times I saw and visited with her at the nurse gatherings. They were such a close group and had such fun times together. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  5. Nancy, I have many fond memories of Lucille, Gene and you from my childhood, she was wonderful to me. I loved seeing her an talking about those great picnics and fireworks on the Forth of July at your house. I’m thinking of you.

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