2022-08-13 19:00:17 By : Mr. Kent Wong

New York UniversityUniversity of Connecticut

Montano-Shea Funeral Home - New Hartford5 Steele RdNew Hartford, CT

BurialAug, 13 2022Immaculate Conception CemeterySend Flowers

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Dr. William Rieger, loving husband, father, Grampa and friend, passed away peacefully on June 29. Born to Gordon and Phyllis Rieger, he is survived by his wife of 41 years, Katherine, his daughters Jude and Casey, sons-in-law Rob and Adam, beloved grandchildren Cory, Wyatt, Cameron and Euan, his sister Phyllis (Rich) Slossberg, sisters- and brothers-in-law Mary and Ron Biroscak, and Jack and Kathleen Looney, and many nieces and nephews. After graduating from UCONN and earning his DDS from NYU, he opened a dental practice in New Hartford in 1974. His patients became his friends and he was dedicated to their care, seeing patients whenever they needed him be it weekends or the middle of the night. Patients knew that Dr. Bill would always be there for them. He was passionate about continuing education, earning both a Fellowship and Lifelong Service and Recognition Award from the Academy of General Dentistry. He believed strongly in helping the next generation of dentists and taught dental residents at St. Francis Hospital for over 30 years, during which he was often chosen as Teacher of the Year. Bill loved New Hartford and was dedicated to the community, serving as a founding member of the New Hartford Business Council and serving on the New Hartford Village Fire District Commission for over 30 years, most of those as Chairman. He was both a lector and a Trustee at Immaculate Conception Church. A devoted father, he never missed a basketball or soccer game, ski race, concert or recital. He coached travel soccer and chaperoned the after-school ski club to spend more time with his daughters. Bill was a man who never sat still. An avid runner, skier, and swimmer, he loved to exercise. He constantly worked on projects around the house, building decks, closets, and stone walls to name a few. He loved being outdoors. Bill will be remembered as a generous, caring man who lived his values of service to his family, faith, and community. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on August 13, at 10 am at Immaculate Conception Church in New Hartford. Burial will immediately follow at Immaculate Conception Cemetery. The family wishes to thank Ed Smith for his support and help during this last difficult year. Montano-Shea Funeral Home, 5 Steele Road, New Hartford has care of the arrangements. Visit an online guestbook at montano-shea.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CT Special Olympics, a group near and dear to Bill's heart. CT Special Olympics 2666 State St, #1 Hamden, CT 06517

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