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Minnie Reid
August 24, 1918 - December 6, 2013

Minnie Marie Reid, 95, of Oelwein passed away on Friday December 6, 2013.  Visitation will be from 3-6 PM on Sunday December 8, 2013 at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home.  Funeral Services will be at 11 AM on Monday December 9, 2013 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein.  She will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Cemetery at Oelwein.

Minnie was born on August 24, 1918 on the family farm northwest of Hazelton in Buchanan County, Iowa. She was the daughter of Julius and Mary (Loeb) Reiter. She was baptized on September 29, 1918 at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein and Confirmed on Palm Sunday in 1932.

Minnie was united in marriage to Ross “Pete” Reid on April 11, 1942 in Oelwein. They made their home just northwest of Oelwein and lived their entire lives together there. Minnie enjoyed raising her chickens and gathering eggs. Every year, including this year, Minnie enjoyed her garden with both vegetables and flowers. She canned and shared everything she grew. You could drive by their farm and you would usually find Minnie working in her garden. As much as she loved her garden, she loved her family more; they were a very important part of her life. She was always up for a good card game. Minnie touched many lives and will be dearly missed.

Minnie is survived by her two daughters: LaVonne (Mike) Burke of Oelwein and Delores “Dee” (Don) Meyer of Maynard; five grandchildren: Roger (Laurie) Burke, Jennifer (Todd Lauen) Burke, Shelley (Rich) Sessler, Tammy (Corey) Wilkerson and Troy (Erin) Meyer; five great grandchildren: Haley, Isabelle, Mason, Hannah and Caden. She was preceded in death by her husband Ross “Pete” (7/9/98), her parents Julius and Mary and three brothers: Julius, Raymond and Ed Reiter.



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Mary Jo Quinn Mai on December 10, 2013 at 11:46 AM said:

My sympathy to your family on the loss of your Mom. Your Mom and Dad were really good friends of my parents, Clem & Margie Quinn. They loved visiting with your parents and playing cards. Dad would always mention that Minnie was such a hard worker! Now she can rest with Pete.
Susie Tressler on December 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM said:

LaVonne, Dee & family--I am so sorry for the loss of Minnie. She was a remarkable lady who has always was very special to our family. Alot of the memories growing up included your folks, since Grandpa & Grandma were the best of friends. I spend many of times in there house, whether it was for a visit, monthly card club (which I would help Minnie be the hostess), butchering chickens, helping Minnie gather eggs---Well you name it, I probably was there doing it. She will greatly be missed, but knowing that she is with Petey Wheetey (that's what I always called him) gives me peace. Cherish all the memories & that will help you get thru this difficult time. RIP Minnie
Sheryl Gosse on December 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM said:

LaVonne/Dee w/families: I so much wanted to join you as you celebrate your mom's life at the visit/service, but the flu bug has hit me. Not my choice/would rather be w/all of you sharing wonderful memories of growing up w/you Dee, espec. the many sleepovers at both our farms. So much fun we enjoyed on you farm, playing in/out in the long grove of trees. There were many times shared when we made holidays cookies together w/both our moms. You all have many stories to tell I am sure. Am sure I'll recall more in the days to come like I do w/missing our mom. Cherish those memories. Carry on the traditions both your parents shared with you.
Pastor Mueller on December 8, 2013 at 4:40 AM said:

Lavonne and Dee, Jesus our Savior makes great and clear promises to us as He says, "I am the resurrection and the life, whoever believes in me, even though he die, yet shall he live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die." May Jesus grant you peace and joy as you ponder His love for your mother, for your entire family, and for you.
Jim & Deb Schwartz Harkness on December 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM said:

LaVonne & Dee,
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you & your families @ this time. Your mom was a one-of-a-kind lady. All the years that your parents & ours lived neighbors. Although it's been 40+ years since I've left home every time I, to this day, drive by your parent's house I look out at the clothesline to see if your mom had laundry hanging out there. I always remember how she hung laundry out 12 months out of the year. I'd see her out there wading the snow banks to get to the clothesline in the winter. Another thing that my sisters' & I are so grateful for is the friendship that your mom showed our dad after our mom passed away. Not only was she a good neighbor she was a good friend. Checking in on him often making sure he was okay. Her friendship meant a lot to our Dad. With deepest sympathy...
Dawn (Schuller) Miller on December 6, 2013 at 6:38 PM said:

LaVonne & Dee,

I just want you to know what an important part of my childhood your mother was. She created many memories that I carry with me everyday. I am sorry for your loss.

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