Obit: Reams, Gertrude L. (1916 - 2003)

Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) July 30, 2003


Gertrude L. (Schuelke) Reams, age 86, formerly of Pine Valley Mound Township and Neillsville, late of Kenosha, died Sat. July 26, at Hospitality Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kenosha.

Gertrude was born Sept. 5, 1916 in Pine Valley Mound Township and Neillsville and was a 1934 graduate of Neillsville High School. She then attended Wood County Normal School earning her teachers certificate in 1936.

She was united in marriage to Merle F. Reams on Feb. 13, 1937 at a ceremony in Neillsville. She moved to Milwaukee in 1937 and returned to the Neillsville area in 1948 to teach in the rural schools. She furthered her education attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and in May 1962 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. In the summer of 1962 she moved to Kenosha accepting a position with the Kenosha Unified School District where she taught primarily at Lance Middle School. Following her retirement in 1977 she moved to Adams, and then returned to Neillsville in 1988. She moved back to Kenosha in 1996.

She was an active member of Neillsville United Methodist Church, United Memorial Methodist Church of Kenosha, and First Congregational Church of Adams. She served as Secretary/Treasurer on the church boards, sang in the church choirs, and was involved with the women’s groups.

She was a member and past Worthy Matron of the Order of Eastern Star (OES), Quincy Chapter, no. 177 in Adams, a member of OES, Owen Chapter, no. 274 in Colby, and a member of the White Shrine of Wisconsin Rapids.

Her other memberships included the University of Wisconsin Women’s Association, the Kenosha Education Association, the Retired Teachers Association, and was a former member and past treasurer of the Women of the Moose of Neillsville.

Her greatest enjoyment was in helping people and volunteered her time at Adams Hospital, with senior citizen groups, and with the Meals on Wheels program in Neillsville.

Surviving are, a son, Merle F. (Janice) Reams, of Gaffney, SC; two daughters, Marjorie R. Dyer and Mary L (Timothy) Robbins, both of Kenosha; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her husband Merle, on Nov. 7, 1991, and by two sisters, Neoma Zank and Loretta May.

A graveside service for Gertrude will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at Pine Valley Mound Cemetery, north of Neillsville, with Rev. Conklin of Neillsville United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation will be held at Bruch Funeral Home in Kenosha on Thursday evening, July 31, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Bruch Funeral Home, Kenosha, assisted the family with arrangements.



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