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Melinda Rae Buchanan Riesenberg, 57, of Walton, passed away Aug. 28, 2017.
She was born Jan. 16, 1960, in Ashland, the daughter of Edward (Olga) Buchanan and Ramona Buchanan (Elmer) Kann.
Melinda was preceded in death by her parents.
She was a graduate of Paul G. Blazer High School in Ashland and received a master's degree in Public History from Northern Kentucky University. Melinda always had a great interest in history and family genealogy and was the author of two books about Walton and Gallatin County in addition to numerous local history articles. She enjoyed many hobbies including gardening and working on home improvement projects. She enjoyed watching the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and, most of all, University of Kentucky basketball.
Her greatest joy, however, was spending time with her family, especially her grandson.
Melinda was preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Riesenberg; two children, John Sartwell and Kellie Sartwell; a sister, Leslie (Andy) Wermeling; a grandson, Axton; a niece, Maddie Wermeling; a cousin, Gwen (Don) Frazier; two stepchildren, Rebecca, Julia, and Jordan Riesenberg; and numerous relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Chambers & Grubbs Funeral Home, 45 North Main Street in Walton.
Visitation will be after noon Saturday at the funeral home. Memorials in Melinda's name may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.
Condolences may be sent to chambersandgrubbs.com.
Published on August 30, 2017
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