Funeral Mass: Friday, October 28, 2011, 10:30 a.m. at the St. John’s Catholic Church in Greenfield with burial in the Greenfield Cemetery.
Visitation: Thursday, October 27th from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Prayer Service: Thursday evening at 6:00 p.m. at the Steen Funeral Home in Greenfield.
Memorials: To the Eileen Reis memorial fund to be established by the family.
Mary Eileen Reis was born August 28, 1908, to Fred and Mary Margaret (Hennessy) Strong in Orient, Iowa. She passed away on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at the Greenfield Manor in Greenfield, Iowa, at the age of 103.
Eileen was raised in Orient and graduated from Orient High School. On January 18, 1932, she was united in marriage to Lawrence Reis in Orient, Iowa. To this union three children were born: Margaret, Fran and Larry. They farmed in Lee Township until 1969 when they moved to Greenfield. Her interests were: her family, sewing, gardening, traveling and painting. She was a member of the St. John's Catholic Church, St. John's Council of Catholic Women, Progress Club and Harmony Circle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence in 1994; two brothers, Mark and Fritz Strong; sisters-in-law, Leola and Donna Strong; sons-in-law, Jerry Spayer and Pat Benedict; granddaughter, Katie Benedict; and great granddaughter, Claire Reis.
She is survived by her three children, Mary Margaret Spayer of Greenfield, Frances Benedict of Sabin, Minnesota and Larry Reis and wife Ginger of Greenfield; twenty-eight grandchildren; forty-one great grandchildren; one great great grandson; brother-in-law, Frank Reis of Marshalltown; two sisters-in-law, Isabelle Read of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rita Reis of Jefferson, Iowa; other relatives and friends.