Betty Jean Reeg

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Betty Reeg, 87, of Monona, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 5. Betty Jean was born Nov. 11, 1930, at the McGregor Hospital, to Alfred Flexman and Alice Henrietta (Carlson) Siegele. She was baptized (sponsors were Betty’s grandparents, Carl and Emma Carlson) on Jan. 18, 1931 and confirmed Sept. 9, 1945 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, rural McGregor. 

Betty attended rural McGregor schools through the eighth grade, graduating from McGregor High School in 1949. Betty then moved to Cedar Rapids to attend the Hunter Business School, after which she secured employment in Savannah, Ill., as a clerk-typist in the Ordnance Depot office. There she met her love, Carlyle Vincent Reeg, being united in marriage Dec. 24, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Bellevue. Two children were born to this union, Steven Carlyle and Sandra Jean. 

Betty and Carlyle initially lived in Cedar Rapids, where Betty worked as a bookkeeper for the Turner Company. In 1956, they moved to a farm near St. Donatus, and in 1964 to Pleasant Ridge, east of Monona. Through the years, Betty was a member of the East Side Homemaker’s Club and volunteered her time at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was active with the Altar Guild and assisting with weddings, funerals and special dinners. Betty collected cookbooks and was well-known as an excellent cook and pie baker. 

After many years of successful farming, Betty and Carlyle moved to Monona in 1981. During retirement, Betty thoroughly enjoyed traveling to all 50 states, with one memorable trip abroad to Switzerland. She assembled many detailed photo albums and enjoyed creating family scrapbooks as well. Betty loved to play cards, especially with her grandchildren, and also with her friends at card club, playing Contract and Auction Bridge, “500”and Canasta (her favorite game in recent years).   She and Carlyle also enjoyed square dancing with the Monona Merry Mixers and dancing to country music and big-name bands. Betty enjoyed visiting with friends and family, especially delighting in time spent with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Betty is survived by her daughter, Sandy Caya (Daryl Bruxvoort); daughter-in-law, Jolene; and grandchildren, Bryan (Jamie) Schutte, Aaron (Allison) Schutte, Alayna Schutte (Tom Lockard), Teresa Reeg and Shelly (Jay) Pendleton. Betty was blessed with four beautiful great-grandchildren – Lela Florence, Isaac Alan, and August Carlyle Schutte; and Emilia Jayde Pendleton. 

Betty is survived by one sister, Judy (Frank) Rodenberg; sister-in-law, Rose Ann Siegele; Aunt Eunice Carlson; as well as many dear cousins, nieces and nephews. 

Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 61 years, Carlyle (2016); son, Steven Carlyle (2015); son-in-law, Daniel Lloyd Caya (2004); brother, James Carl (1999).

Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Leonard-Grau Funeral Home, Monona, and one hour prior to the 11 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 funeral services at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, with Rev. Erika Kielstrup as the officiant, assisted by Betty’s cousin, Rev. Harold McMillin. Burial will follow at Monona Cemetery, Monona. Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Monona, is helping the family with the arrangements.

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