Jean E. Reeb

October 5, 1924 ~ September 13, 2018 (age 93)

Jean E. Reeb, age 93, of Woodstock, passed away September 13, 2018 surrounded by her loving family.

Jean was the second child born to Herman and Margaret (Baur) Salzman. She attended St. Mary’s grade school and high school where she was active in many school activities. Upon her graduation she was employed at the State Bank of Woodstock and became secretary to the president, H.T. Cooney. During World War II she was among a group of young ladies who went to USO dances at Great Lakes and Red Cross activities at Camp Grant in Rockford.

On May 3, 1947 she married Leonard J. Reeb. They were blessed with seven beautiful children and she is survived by: Diane (Gary) Walkington, Nancy (Tom) Mase, Joann (Paul) Walkington, Leonard Reeb Jr. (Jamie), Sally Lescher and Mary Beth Reeb.

In the 70’s, she was secretary to Lou Hartlieb, Dean of students at Marian Central High School for 15 years. The next 15 years she was receptionist/secretary at SEDOM where she was very dedicated to the students.  She greatly anticipated family vacations and fishing in Wisconsin. Jean braided beautiful wool rugs, always maintained a colorful flower garden and passed on to her children an appreciation for the wonders and beauty of nature. For many years she was an active member of St. Mary’s Mariola club and the American Legion Auxiliary. Since retiring, she was an Illinois Storyteller and fun times included BINGO with daughter and friends at the local Moose club.  Jean was an avid reader and will be remembered for her sense of humor. She loved baking cookies most when there were little ones anxious to “lick the bowl”. She enjoyed cheering for Marian’s Hurricanes, Woodstock Blue Streaks, Chicago White Sox and Bulls. She was dedicated to her mission of writing to shut-ins, family and friends, saying “You can’t reread a phone call!”

Her greatest joy was seeing how well her cherished family got along together. They included 17 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

She is survived by a dear sister Margie (Ron) Lipinsky, brother-in-law Ken Reeb, sister-in-law Eleanor Reeb and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 62 years, daughter Susan, sister Shirley Dhom and husband Larry, as well as her brother Bob Salzman.

Her life was laced with many dear friends and lots of laughter. She ended each visit with her children with these words: God Bless and Come Good Home!

Visitation will be held Tuesday  September 18, 2018 from 9:00am until the Funeral Mass at 11:00am at St. Mary Catholic Church 312 Lincoln Ave. Woodstock IL. Burial will be at Calvary Catholic Cemetery.


The family requests any memorials be sent to JouneyCare 405 North Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington, IL 60010 or St. Mary Church.

Donations may be made to:

JourneyCare Hospice Care Center
405 N. Lake Zurich Road, Barrington IL 60010

St. Mary Catholic Church
312 Lincoln Avenue, Woodstock IL 60098
Tel: 1-815-338-3377

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