Cathern Rose Reese (nee Hayes)
Oct. 22, 1913 Aug. 9, 2015

Cathern Rose Reese (nee Hayes) passed from this life peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at age 101.

Cathern was born October 22, 1913, in Owen, and lived in Wisconsin for the majority of her life.

She was preceded in death by husband William Keith Reese in 1969. She was the loved and cherished mother of Keith (Connie, both deceased) Reese, Wayne (Kay) Reese, Daniel (Sheila) Reese, Cathy (Don) Frantz, Mark Reese and Patricia Reese. She is also survived by one remaining sibling, Beverly Dahl; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Cathern wrote an abundance of poems and stories for her family to enjoy for years to come. A few of Cathern’s many poems are included below.

“Mirror, mirror on the wall. It’s got me looking somewhat tall, A wee bit thinner (around down-sized) Eureka, eureka, a mirror that lies!” “Smile a smile, keep it in place, smiles are contagious, they spread from face to face” “When we hear God’s word we must obey, Nor waste a moments’ time, A second chance may not be ours, Lord, bend our will to thine.”

Cathern had a healthy appetite for food and for life. Her positive attitude and love for all people left its mark on everyone she met. A lover of laughing, she was always equipped with a joke or witty remark. Cathern was a devoted follower of the Lord.

Cathern will be greatly missed by her family, who called her their Queen Mother, and cherished her dearly. Now in heaven, her “sufficiency is truly fanciful.”

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, August 22, at Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 380 Bluemound Road (at highways J and JJ, four blocks south of Interstate 94), Waukesha. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by a private service for relatives only.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-827-0659 or visit  to view the online obituary or leave condolences.