KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Heather Anne Riley, 47, passed away on July 8, 2019, in Kansas City.
She was born on August 6, 1971 in Omaha, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Rosalie Bigham (Jim) and Robert Riley.
She met her husband, Troy Tetzlaff, while attending Iowa State University and they were married Sept. 12, 1998 in Ames, Iowa.
Heather Graduated from Benton High School in 1989; Missouri Western State University, Summa Cum Laude, with a B.S. in Chemistry in 1995, and Iowa State University with a M.S in Chemistry in 1998.
At the time of her passing, Heather was the director of the Illig Family Foundation in Kansas City.
Previous Employers included: Procter and Gamble, in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Pfizer, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She also served six years in the Missouri Air National Guard while in college.
Heather was very involved in Philanthropic work and served as the National vice-president for the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority for the past seven years. She and her husband were also active volunteers and donors to animal welfare causes.
Heather was preceded in death by: Her grandparents, Charles and Angeline Bell, and Essie Riley; her aunt, Bess Kauk; uncles, Frank and Herb Riley; cousins, Candi, Gregg, and Tim.
Survivors include: her parents; husband; parents-in-law, Monte and Sally Tetzlaff; brother-in-law, Todd (Lynn) Tetzlaff; sister-in-law, Terri (Greg) Bosch and children; aunts, Carol Belcher and Shirley Eads; uncle, Leroy (Diane) Bell; along with many cousins and friends; and her feline rescues, Hannah, Lexi and Gigi.
Memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Monday, July 15, 2019, at Grace Evangelical Church in St. Joseph.
Heather will be cremated under the direction of Assurance Cremation Society.
Memorials may be made to either the Alpha Sigma Alpha Foundation, www.alphasigmaalpha.org/asafoundation/, which empowers members to create impact for the future generations, change lives and influence the world or to C & W Rustic Hollow Shelter, www.rustichollowshelter.org, a shelterdedicated to caring for special needs cats. Both organizations were very meaningful to Heather and her ideals. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.