In memory of

Kathleen Reiling

December 5, 1945 - September 12, 2018
From: Fonda, IA
Kathleen Reiling

Kathleen Reiling

Born: December 5, 1945
Died: September 12, 2018
Age: 72
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Memorial Mass for Kathleen Reiling, age 72, of Fonda, Iowa will be 10:30 am Monday at the OLGC Catholic Church in Fonda.

      Kathleen Ann Reiling was born December 5, 1945, and weighed 2 lbs., 6 oz., at Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Carroll, Iowa. In her second week of life she dropped to 1 lb., 13 oz. The hospital priest said then that if she made it through, she was a miracle baby and that God had a special plan for her. Kathleen stayed at Saint Anthony’s  and joined her parents Albert Henry Reiling and Gwendolyn Wynonna (Kruchten) Reiling at home, a healthy young baby, on April 8, 1946. She was the eldest of 11 children.

      In her early life Kathy was Al and Gwen’s right hand in caring for the younger children, which she did willingly and lovingly. She went to country school, then to Junior High School in Auburn, Iowa. Kathleen attended Breda High School where she sang with a group of girls who entertained with costumes and props, at various functions throughout the area. At the last performance, the girls were crowned with silver tiaras and a special program for their dedication throughout the four years. Kathleen loved this group.

      After graduating high school, Kathleen joined the Sorrowful Mothers Convent in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. There she worked as a missionary in Barbados, among other things. She left before taking her final vows to pursue a calling from God in another direction.

      She worked as a phlebotomist at the University of NE Medical Center in Omaha Nebraska, drawing blood specimens from children and adults. It broke her heart to hear the children cry as she drew their blood so she moved in a new direction through various employments where needed.

      Kathleen loved flying with her dad when she was young and doing loops all the way back to the airport. All of her life she enjoyed traveling and camping, visiting the state of Washington and all across Canada. She had a loving smile and a sense of humor that drew perfect strangers into conversation. She was intrigued by computers and electronics of all kinds and had a natural ability to configure components like no one else could. She spent her time studying scripture, loved Doris Day movies, enjoyed puzzles, was fascinated by tiny homes, and was an aspiring wonderful cook.

      She has been a guardian angel taking care of family members for one day or for months, whenever and whatever was needed.

      Kathleen is preceded in death by her father Albert Reiling, her brothers Dwight Reiling and Alan Reiling. Those that will continue to carry on her spirit are her mother Gwen Reiling, her brothers Jerry (Barb) Reiling, Paul (Nancy) Reiling, and Brian (Denise) Reiling; her sisters Joan Martin, Marilyn (Ken) Loynachan, Joyce Simpson, Jane Reiling, and Nancy (Tim) McDonald; many nieces and nephews; relatives and friends.


She will be loved and missed.

Memorial Mass:
10:30 a.m. Monday
September 17, 2018
Our Lady Of Good Counsel
Catholic Church Fonda, Iowa
Father Craig Collison
Father Allan Reicks
Deacon Eldon Sullivan
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday
September 16, 2018
OLGC Catholic Church
Fonda, Iowa
Organist Randy Schmitt
Cantor Gloria Mobley
Mt. Zion Cemetery
Fonda, Iowa


Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 3:47 PM
“Gwen and family my deepest sympathy for the loss of a true angel. She was here on earth for a short period of time but while she was here she did so much good and always the will of the Lord. She was here to teach us all the way to the Lord. She was called home and as painful as it is to loss her we know she is with the Lord watching over all of us.
- Betty and Dennis Nielsen
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:20 AM
“To all of Kathy's family, our deepest sympathy. ”
- Tom&Paulette Fogerty
Monday, September 17, 2018 at 10:19 AM
“Aunt Gwen and Family,

You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. I'll be adding Kathleen's name to the Memorial Mass celebration at the Catholic school where I teach. ”
- Toni Hoffmeier Mangus, Jeff, Mason & Parker Mangus
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:23 PM
“Our thoughts and prayers to Gwen and family on Kathy's call Home. May God grant you Peace now and in the days ahead.”
- Randy and Marilyn Schmitt
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:23 PM
“Gwen I am so sorry to hear of the passing of you daughter. Prayers to you and your family.”
- deb k meister
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:23 PM
“Kathleen was special, my deepest sympathy”
- Paul Kelly
Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 5:23 PM
“Gwen and family... my sincere condolences to you all. Kathy was a beautiful lady inside and out. I so enjoyed talking with her. May you find peace and comfort in know she is with God and full of joy. Gwen, you are a dear soul and I send all my love.Prayers to you all. Sandy Kay”
- Sandy Staiert Kilbride
Friday, September 14, 2018 at 3:59 PM
“Dear Gwen and family, I am so sorry for your tremendous loss! Kathy was so special to so many. When I came to your house she always made me feel lime family! Prayers, hugs and love to all of you.”
- Carolyn Draman
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