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Reisz, Mary Ellen Rosalita (Leinen) (1931 - 2021)


Posted By: Denise Wurner (email)
Date: 4/22/2021 at 18:31:44

Name of deceased: Mary Ellen Rosalita Reisz (nee Leinen)

Aged: 89 yrs, 5 mo, 12 days

Residence: Portsmouth, Shelby County, IA

Born: Oct. 19, 1931; location not provided

Died: March 31, 2021; Bergan Mercy Medical Center; Omaha, Douglas County, IA

Funeral services: Mass of Christian Burial: Tuesday, April 6, 2021; St. Mary's Our Lady of Fatima, Portsmouth , IA; burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, Portsmouth, IA

Survived by: Children, Joan (spouse, Keith) Potter of Harlan, IA, Philip Reisz of Portsmouth, IA, Peggy Patten of Storm Lake, IA, and John (spouse, Patricia) Reisz of Bellevue, NE; 11 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; sister, Lois (spouse, Duane) Book of Fort Lupton, CO; sisters-in-law, Connie Leinen of Persia, IA and Rita Reisz of Panama, IA; other family members and friends

Predeceased by: Parents, Flora Stinn and Michael D. Leinen; husband, Walter John Reisz; daughter, Carol Musich; son-in-law, Randy Musich; sisters, Luella Hendricks, Rita Stein, Arlene Reinig, and Cleo Lefeber; brothers, Arthur Leinen, Marcus Leinen and Robert Leinen

Education: Attended St. Mary's Elementary and High School, Portsmouth, IA; she graduated from high school with the Class of 1949

Religious affiliation: Baptized and confirmed at Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portsmouth, IA; joined the Catholic Daughters of the Americas on March 13, 1955, at the Court of St. Katherine's, Earling, IA and transferred her membership to the newly formed Maria Goretti Court number 2498 in Portsmouth in May 2002. She was honored to serve as a Regent from 2006 to 2008.

Military service: n/a

Marriage: Walter John Reisz; Oct 18, 1951; St. Mary Our Lady of Fatima Church, Portsmouth, IA

Employment: After her marriage, Mary Ellen worked for the Council Bluffs Nonpareil in the ad department; when they moved back to Portsmouth, Mary Ellen and Walter owned and operated a grocery store. She also worked at Leadway, Shelby, IA.

Hobbies/Interests: Loved gardening and flowers, sewing, quilting, cooking, baking and singing in the church choir; loved spending time at her cabin on Ten Mile Lake, MN; spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Sources: harlanonline.com; kjan.com; pauleyjones.com


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