Katherine (Kate) was born to Elmer and Emma Engleman in East St Louis. She and husband Tony Reed, who preceded her in death, lived in Batavia from 1950 until Katherine moved to Oregon in 2001.|
Katherine was an elementary school teacher in the Batavia Public Schools for over 30 years. Her philosophy of life led her to continuous learning, playing and helping others. She had served as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and her Methodist church (Batavia and Tigard, Ore.), mentored a high school student, and along with her husband had served as a parent to a Swedish foreign exchange student for a year.
Katherine loved watching sports and had been personally active all her life in swimming, golf, bridge, cooking, knitting, quilting and sewing. Her most recent activities had been writing her memoirs, watching the stock market and mastering the computer. Katherine's travels took her to Egypt, China, Europe, Mexico, Canada and many parts of the U.S.
Katherine is survived by her son, Thomas (Patricia) Reed of Hinsdale; daughter, Martina (Marvin) Bowman of Tigard, Ore.; grandchildren, Abigail and Matthew Bowman; and three nieces, two nephews and their families.
Katherine's brother, Byron, predeceased her during her childhood.
Katherine will be remembered for her spunk, wit and perseverance. Her favorite saying was, "Do your best with what you've got," and she truly meant it. A celebration of Katherine's life is pending at the Tigard, Ore., United Methodist Church.
Memorials or remembrances in Katherine's name may be made to HouseCall Providers, 5100 SW Macadam, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97239. For informaion, call 971-202-5500 or visit www.housecallproviders.org.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Apr. 11, 2013