Dorothy M. Reed

  • Born: May 17, 1934
  • Died: May 10, 2018
  • Location: Dubuque, Iowa

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Dorothy M. Reed, age 83, of Dubuque, was called home peacefully at 8:55 a.m., on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at Stonehill Care Center, surrounded by her loving family. To honor Dorothy's life, funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Monday, May 14, 2018, at Holy Spirit Parish, Holy Trinity Church, 1701 Rhomberg Avenue, with Rev. Andrew Awotwe-Mensah officiating. To celebrate Dorothy's life, family and friends may visit from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Behr Funeral Home, 1491 Main Street, where a parish scripture wake service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Dorothy was born May 17, 1934, in Dubuque; one of Francis and Leona (Maiers) Jochum's 11 children. She married Lyle V. Reed on September 27, 1952, and they started their beautiful family.

She was loved, is missed, and will always be cherished by her many family and friends. "Do," as she was called by her beloved husband of 50 years, Lyle, was the rock of her large family, quick witted, and made homemade chocolate candy like no other.
She was very involved in many aspects of the Dubuque community and enjoyed every minute of it. She had a special place in her heart for the St. Mary's Catholic Church community, serving as President of the rosary society, a volunteer tutor at St. Mary's elementary school and their girls volleyball coach. She and her sisters were founding members of the Women's Recreation Association and played together on a competitive volleyball team. She served as Vice President of the executive committee board and was the volleyball chairman. Decades later, you could occasionally hear a nonchalant comment about all of the trophies they won. Dorothy was an amazing seamstress, making her kids' clothes through the years and even wedding party gowns for several nieces and grandchildren.
Dorothy and Lyle had seven wonderful children, and they were her greatest joy. After her children started school, Dorothy went to work at the Walsh Stores, where she was an institution in the Domestics department until her retirement. She lived a wonderful, full life, surrounded by family, enjoying crossword puzzles, sketching, reading, traveling with her husband and siblings, gardening, decorating for the holidays, and making special food for her family. Dorothy inspired multiple generations of young women to be smart, strong, and independent; her legacy continues on through their tenacity and successes.

Loved ones who will miss her until they meet again include

her children,
Terry Reed, Springfield, IL,
Peggy (Richard) Herbst, Dubuque, IA,
Thomas (Nancy) Reed, Dubuque, IA,
David (Robin) Reed, Center Point, IA,
Patrick Reed, Rockford, IL,
Karen Reed, Connecticut
and Ryan (Jane) Reed, Arlington, VA;

her 15 grandchildren,
Josh Ballard, Brittany (Chamo) Perez, Heather Green, Matt (Kelly) Herbst, Ben (fiancé Maggie Graham) Herbst, Amy (Dave) Reed-Flanagan, Nick Reed, Anthony Reed, Andrew Reed, Tonya Hinton, Zachary Reed, Kris Reed, Alicia Reed, Brandon Reed and Jordan Reed;

her 19 great-grandchildren;

her siblings,
Robert Jochum, Dubuque, IA,
Patricia Schumacher, Dubuque, IA,
Carole Thul, Dubuque, IA,
Joan Wagner, Dubuque, IA
and Gary (Donna) Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

her sister-in-law,
DeLee Jochum, Dubuque, IA;

a brother-in-law,
Gerald Meyer, Dubuque, IA;

and many nieces and nephews.

Loved ones who cleared the path for Dorothy are her parents; her husband, Lyle "PeeWee" Reed; a grandson, Joshua Reed; her siblings, Mary (William) Fransen, Jeanne Meyer, Leone (George) Reed, Wayne Jochum, Kenneth (Caroline) Neely and Donnie, in infancy; her sister-in-law, Lynn Jochum; her brothers-in-law, David Schumacher and David Thul, and several nieces and nephews.

Dorothy's family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Stonehill for their loving and wonderful care of their mother for the past two years, and to Hospice of Dubuque for all that they do.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by N Valentino - FL - family   June 17, 2018

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So sorry to hear of Aunt Dorothy's passing. The memories of her will live on forever. Love and hugs to my cousins and family.

Posted by Sharon Freeland - Pasco, WA - Family   May 14, 2018

I am so sorry I was not able to attend and share my condolences in person. I always loved Dorothy, Pee Wee and the whole Reed family. She will be missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Keep sharing all the good memories you have of your parents, they will make you smile for a very long time to come....there are so many of them :)

Posted by Mitzi Link - Bettendorf, IA   May 14, 2018

So sorry to hear of Aunt Dorothy's passing.

Posted by Lisa Reed - Burbank, WA - Family   May 14, 2018

So sorry for the loss of Dorothy. She was a co-worker of mine at the Walsh Store for many years. She will be missed.

Posted by Nita Barrett - Dubuque, IA - Friend   May 13, 2018

A family reunion is happening in heaven. Dorothy & PeeWee are reunited. I'm sad for everyone here on earth (especially my cousins who are mourning the loss of their beloved Mom) who adore and miss aunt Dorothy, but I know our family in heaven are thrilled to have gained another angel❤

Posted by Pam Hasey - Vancouver, WA - Family   May 12, 2018

So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers and hugs.

Posted by Greg Swift - Bellevue, IA - Family Friend   May 12, 2018

God bless you Karen and family! Dorothy was a women who lived life on her own terms and made all around HER shine .

Posted by Kevin DiStefano - Harford, CT - Friend   May 11, 2018

Awww Dorothy, she was such a wonderful lady. I worked with her at Walshes from '80 to '86. I was a young mom, Dorothy was one of the many "Auntie's" who spoiled my son, Josh. I was working their when I had him. She, your Aunt Lynnie Yochum, Maisy Mc... meant the world to me. Josh used to love visiting Dorothy in the toy dept. She always managed to not only help him pick out a toy, but, slipped a few bucks in his pocket to pay for it! Great sense of human. So much fun! I'm so sorry for your loss, so happy for you that she was yours.

Posted by Trudy Tekeste - Ventura, CA - Coworker   May 11, 2018

Wishing you peace and comfort at this time of sorrow.

With heartfelt condolences,

Darrel and Resa Gross
Topeka, KS

Posted by Darrel and Resa Gross - Topeka, KS   May 11, 2018

Guys
I'm so sorry to hear about Aunt Dorothy.. she was a beautiful person inside and out... My thoughts and prayers are with you all love you guys ♥

Posted by Barbara Fynes-Marini - Rio Grande, NJ - Family   May 11, 2018