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Theresa Reese, 1928-2019

Funeral services for Mary “Theresa” Reese of New Richland will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Trinity Lutheran Church in New Richland. The Rev. Paul Andree will officiate. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Friedrich Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in St. Olaf Cemetery in New Richland.

Theresa Reese

Theresa died Friday, July 19, 2019, at New Richland Care Center. She was 90.

Theresa was born Oct. 25, 1928, in Waseca County, the daughter of Robert and Helen (Kvasnicka) Behne. She graduated from Blooming Prairie High School in 1946.

On April 8, 1947, she was united in marriage to Joyce Reese in Claremont. Theresa made her home in New Richland since 1947 and was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, involved with church circle, and as a council member and past president of the church women. She had been employed prior to marriage at JC Penney, then was a clerk with Martinson Grocery and later Billings Grocery. Theresa was a founder of Telecare in New Richland and served meals on wheels. She was a member of TOPS club, loved dancing and bowled until she was 80 years old! Theresa was a seamstress, and enjoyed cooking, baking and cleaning.

Theresa is survived by her husband, Joyce, of New Richland; children Janine (Bruce) Babcock of New Hampton, Iowa, Dawn (Dale) Halgren of New Richland and Jeff Reese of New Richland; and grandchildren include Chris Babcock, Amy (Carl) Snowden, Cambria (Ben) Fladager, Tyler (Tia) Halgren, Calli (Ryan) Miller, Brittney (Rich) Peters, Tasha (Bret) Cook, Cody Uecker, Joy (Josh) Reese-Drinkall, Dustin (Amanda) Reese and Jacey Reese. There are 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Peggy Uecker; son-in-law, Al Schubert; grandson, Cazzie Reese; daughter-in-law, Carol Reese; brother, Rober (Bud) Behne; and sisters Ruth Knippel and Anita Kern.