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Edna Riendeau

January 12, 1960 - May 23, 2020


May 29, 2020
5:00 - 7:00 PM

United Methodist Church

Prayer Service

May 29, 2020
- 7:00 PM

United Methodist Church

Memorial Service

May 30, 2020
- 1:00 PM

United Methodist Church


Wildeman-Boulger Funeral Home, Hillsboro

Edna Riendeau

January 12, 1960 - May 23, 2020


Edna Louise Crotty Riendeau of Hillsboro, who was well known for her sense of humor, her lefse and, most of all, her devotion to her family, passed away peacefully at home May 23, surrounded by the people she loved.

Edna was born January 12, 1960, the youngest of four children, to Ruth (Doeden) and Robert Crotty. After graduating from high school, she continued her education at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. Edna later moved to Hazen where in 1981 she was blessed with the birth of her boys, Eric and Joe. She moved back to Hillsboro in 1983. Edna was blessed with another son, Josh, in 1992. Edna had her work cut out for her being a mom to three adventurous boys who loved to get a reaction out of her. She was involved in all their activities and never missed an opportunity to spend time with family. Her greatest joys in life were her children and grandchildren. She was present for every milestone.

Edna worked for Traill County Social Services for many years and served many roles, including homemaker, office assistant and eligibility technician. Her coworkers will tell you that they all loved to work with her because she was fun! Edna retired from Traill County in December 2019. She also worked part-time in other various positions which included driving a school bus and beet trucks. Edna was the sole proprietor of Nana’s Kitchen, which was named after the role she cherished the most, being a grandma.

Edna had been a member of the United Methodist Church since her confirmation in 1974. Edna served as president of the Women’s Fellowship and as the church custodian. Additionally, she was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary and the Hillsboro Vets Club.

Edna was celebrated by all who knew her for her lefse and baked goods. She enjoyed Minnesota Twins baseball and was an avid fan of catcher Joe Mauer. Edna went on many trips with her girlfriends. She will be remembered for her humor, kindness, drive, and determination.

Edna was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Robert Crotty, her niece, Stephanie Crotty, and her brother-in-law, Vance Smelden. She is survived by her sons, Eric Straus (Erin) of West Fargo, Joe Straus (Alisa) of Horace and Josh Riendeau (Shenay) of Hillsboro; her grandchildren, Ava, Audra and Alec Straus of Horace; her siblings, Joyce Smelden, Ed Crotty (Rose) and Jim Crotty; and numerous extended family.

Special thanks to Edna’s medical providers, hospice, the community of Hillsboro, and her friend, Roxanne Townsend, all of whom graciously have supported Edna and her family.

Prayer service will be held from 5pm-7pm on May 29th at the United Methodist Church; Funeral services will be held at 1pm on May 30th at the United Methodist Church in Hillsboro, ND. Interment to follow the service.

*No lunch will be served in response to the safety and well-being of all individuals in attendance. All who would like to attend are encouraged to attend.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Traill County Giving Project c/o MSU Child Development Programs, 330 3rd St. N.E., Mayville, ND 58257.


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20 responses to “Edna Riendeau”

  1. Ken and Karla Kvaale says:

    Eric, Joe, Josh and families, We are so sorry for the loss of your amazing mom. I have many special memories that I will hold dear to my heart. Please know you will all be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. God Bless the memory of Edna.

  2. Tammi Mooney says:

    Prayers to all of Edna’s family…she loved you all.

  3. Dawn Haugen says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Edna, you will be missed.

  4. Joy Wentz says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.

  5. Amy Anderson says:

    We were so saddened by the passing of Edna. I will miss her smile and good humor. My condolences go out to her family who have always been close to our family. Thinking of you in this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.

  6. Ashley Middleton Peterson says:

    Edna will be sorely missed. What a great person she was. I am so thankful to have worked with her and shared many laughs with her. I will be at the service Saturday. Deepest condolences to her sons. She was always so proud of you!

  7. Julie Christianson says:

    Edna & I worked together at Hillsboro Home Care. She was such a happy, fun loving gal. She was really a great person to be around with. I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great lady. God bless her memory forever.

  8. Karen & Don Eichhorn says:

    Joe, Eric, Josh, Ed, Joyce, Jim & families,
    My heart goes out to all of you for your loss. Edna was so special, I will always cherish my wonderful memories of our times together. You all have a special angel watching over you. God Bless you.

  9. LYLE RIENDEAU says:

    Joe, Eric and Josh; I am deeply sory for your mothers passing. She was a strong compassionate and kind person.She always welcomed visiting with that great smile. Good food and conversation too.We know she is being cared for with love as she cared for all of you.

  10. Rhonda Nilles says:

    She was a wonderful person/friend and will be greatly missed. Life was better for having known her. I will miss her so much. Prayers to all of her family.

  11. Misti Wuori says:

    So sorry for your loss! We enjoyed Edna’s humor and getting to know her at Hillsboro United Parish. She will be greatly missed in our church community. Misti Wuori and Tom Salzwedel

  12. Gary and Mary Ellen Hawkins says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Edna’s family. She was a very special lady.

  13. Bonnie L Spicer says:

    RIP dear friend and old neighbor. You were always a warrior and so loved your humor. You never gave up at all and blossomed into an amazing mom and hard working. Your lefse was so delicious! Your family and friends were your greatest joys. Many memories and amazing memories.

  14. Pam Olson says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Edna will be missed so much. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God Bless.

  15. Betsy tate says:

    I am so sorry for your loss of Edna. Edna was always so upbeat and a definite inspiration! As a valued member of our VFW Auxiliary she was always willing to take on a project, help with any event we sponsor, and she was just plain fun! Rest In Peace Edna, we love you!

    Betsy Tate

  16. Allen Erickson says:

    Edna was special. More than a cousin, she was a loyal friend and confidante. She loved and was loved. Hers was a life joyfully lived that ended too soon. I want to express my most heartfelt sympathy to her sons, her brothers and sister, and all whose lives she enriched.

  17. Kathy Morgan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of. Rick and I pray that your memories will comfort you at this difficult time. God Bless you. I am Karen & Karla’s older sister 🙏

  18. Kristi Rotvold says:

    Edna will be missed. Even though we were just a couple of years apart In school, I didn’t get to know her until the Doeden reunions started happening every 3 years apart in the 90’s. She always was so fun to be around, especially the Friday night gatherings prior to the reunion at the Vets Club. My sympathies for your loss. Remember the fun, happy times!

  19. Ronda Lange says:

    Josh and family, my sincere sympathy over the loss of your Mother. 🙏🏻 Ronda Lange (Shenay’s Nana)

  20. Nile Davidson says:

    Saddened to hear of the passing of Edna. So sorry Josh, Eric and Joe and family.

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