2/9/2023 12:18:00 PM Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly Reed to be held Feb. 14 at St. Bernard's
The Mass of Christian Burial for Beverly A. Reed, 81, a longtime Stewartville resident will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2023 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Stewartville. Rev. Kevin Connolly will officiate. A private family burial will take place in the spring at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Preston. Mrs. Reed passed away on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 at Season's Hospice following a courageous battle with cancer with her daughter and grand-puppy Gracie by her side. Beverly Ann Reed was born Dec. 27, 1941 in Moline, Illinois to Ferdinand "Ferd" Cleppe and Alice (Boudonck) Cleppe. They moved when she was young near Brownsdale, where her parents farmed for a number of years. She attended local schools and graduated from Hayfield High School. After high school she worked as a bank teller in Austin. Beverly was married to Kenneth Reed on Oct. 29, 1960 in Brownsdale at Our Lady of Loretto Catholic Church. On their honeymoon Ken applied to IBM in Rochester where he began employment shortly thereafter. In 1966 they moved to their current home in Stewartville, where they raised their three children and have continued to make their home. Beverly was a homemaker and as her kids grew older she worked at the Stewartville Star and TCF, then IDS in Rochester followed by State Farm Insurance and Olmsted County Medical Group in Stewartville. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church and the Stewartville Center for Active Adults where she enjoyed their delicious lunches and visiting with friends. In her younger years she enjoyed time with friends snowmobiling, going to auctions and playing cards in a couple's club and women's group. She was a voracious reader and when her kids were young she would read aloud the Little House on the Prairie books to them and the neighborhood children. She was proud of the fact her children all went on to college which was something that wasn't available to her after she graduated high school - she would have enjoyed being a teacher as she was an avid learner and loved sharing knowledge with others. She was a proud grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed receiving pictures of them and hearing about their activities and accomplishments. She is survived by her children, Kathy (Randy) Rupiper of Ankeny, Iowa, Steve Reed of San Marco, Texas and James (Kathy) Reed of Elk River; five grandchildren, Andrew (Abbey) Rupiper of Ankeny, Alicia (Chase) Maher of Bondurant, Iowa, Michael Reed and his fiancée Holly, Connor Reed and Daniel Reed; and five great-grandchildren, Ava Rupiper, Delaney Maher, Madison Maher, Reed Rupiper and Rosie Rupiper; brothers, Jim (Carrie) Cleppe of Brownsdale and Charlie (Colleen) Cleppe of Elmore; sister-in-law, Judy Wood of California; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years Kenneth Wayne; her parents; sisters-in-law, Bette Reed, Wilma Bender and Terri Cleppe; and brother-in-law, Gene Reed. A time of visitation for family and friends will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, 2023 at Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville and one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday morning. Condolences and memories of Bev are welcome at www.Griffin-Gray.com.