Posey Curren Riedel
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Posey Curren Riedel
  • November 9, 1948 - January 14, 2018
  • Saint Petersburg, Florida

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Posey Curren Riedel

"Can do" is the motto of the United States Navy Seabees and describes the way Posey Curren Riedel lived her life. Posey, 69, passed away on January 14, 2018, after a valiant nine-month struggle with ovarian cancer and related paraneoplastic complications.

Posey was born to Captain Howard F. and Mary Posey Curren in Honolulu, Hawaii and followed her parents to postings throughout the world as her father pursued his 29-year career with the United States Navy Seabees. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Roanoke College, where she was active in campus life, serving as a junior and senior class officer and cheerleader and being chosen as one of two May Court representatives for the junior class. She was a member of Cardinal Key and the Omicron Delta Epsilon honorary society.

Posey settled in Tampa with her parents in the early 1970s after her father's retirement from the Navy. She worked at Merrill Lynch in downtown Tampa, where she met her husband of 40 years, Harley, a lawyer with the Stichter Riedel law firm.

Her parents instilled in her values she maintained throughout her life - including honesty, hard work, veracity, and thriftiness. From her father, an engineer who guided the construction of Tampa's Convention Center and Hooker's Point waste water treatment plant later named in his honor, she developed a knack for doing everything around the house from painting, laying tile, installing and fixing the plumbing, solving electrical issues, cleaning the gutters, and re-sodding the yard, to taking a chain saw to a dangerous tree limb. Nothing delighted her more on birthdays and at Christmas than receiving a new power tool. She also excelled in turning ordinary items into works of art in her craft room.

Posey loved helping and encouraging others. Uninterested in spending much time or money on herself, she was generous in giving of her time, talent, and treasure to help others. She was involved in numerous volunteer charitable organizations, particularly Bayside Community Church where she supervised all of the Church's mechanical and house and grounds matters, taught Sunday School and junior church, acted as the records keeper, handled special events and weddings, coordinated for decades the Church's annual Christmas ministries for the needy, and staffed the nursery when needed. Her faith in Christ was strong and deeply rooted. During the last illnesses of her mother, Godmother, and mother-in-law, she selflessly acted as caregiver-in-chief.

Posey loved conversation and laughter, both of which were in abundant supply during visits with her family, friends and neighbors - and especially during visits with her sister, Ashby. She also loved the many dogs, mostly strays that she and Harley adopted over the years, and she enjoyed classic movies and comedies, mysteries, crossword puzzles, and crafts. Throughout their 40-year marriage, Posey provided unwavering support and encouragement for Harley as he continued in the practice of law - all with the same firm, accepting without complaint the long hours often required. She was a wise counselor to Harley, family members, and friends.

Of all her outstanding character traits, perhaps the rarest and most outstanding were her complete dependability and reliability. When Posey said she would do something, you could consider it already done.

She is survived by her husband, Harley, by her sister and life-long best friend, Ashby Curren Pinkard (Johnny), sisters-in-law, Heidi Riedel (Jim), and Holly Riedel, and by nephews and nieces Hooter, Jenny, John Harley, Amy and Eryn (Philip). She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Beatty.

Typical of Posey, who disliked and avoided the spotlight, she wanted no big fuss made over her death, and she directed that no memorial service be held. Her family, assured that they will be reunited with Posey in the life to come and unwilling to face her displeasure throughout eternity should they dishonor this request, has acceded to it. "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the hearts of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him."

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to either the Howard F. and Mary Curren Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund (Fund No. 226250), USF Fund, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Ave. ALC 100, Tampa, FL 33620, which provides scholarships to engineering students, or to Bayside Community Church, 3333 Bayshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33606.