Alvera Jean Reed, 89, of Woodstock, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, surrounded by her family.
She was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Woodstock to Edward and Mildred (Dibler) Nickels. She married John O. Reed on May 6, 1948, in McHenry.
Jean was a member of St. Mary Church in Woodstock. She was a charter member of the Genealogy Society of McHenry County and a member of the McHenry County Historical Society. She loved to travel and had been a member of the Woodstock Woodchucks and the Rainbow Chasers Camping Club.
Jean had worked for the McHenry County Recorder’s Office on the Woodstock Square before starting her family. She later returned to the new courthouse after the passing of her husband. She will also be remembered as a den mother with Cub Scout Pack 363.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Rebecca) Reed and William Reed, both of Woodstock, David (Darla) Reed, of Colfax, N.C., and Margaret “Peggie” (John) Byard and Mary (Michael) Hoyt, both of Woodstock; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Reed; 18 grandchildren, Ashley Reed, Thomas (Janneé) Reed, Brian (Elizabeth) Reed, Monet (Quinn) Muphy, Monique (Jim) Ryan, Rico (Shanell) Reed, Gregory (Jennifer) Byard, Daniel Reed, Grace Reed, Cameron (Emily) Cross, Courtney Cross, Catherine Cross, Christian Cross, Madison Fain, McKenzie Fain, Michael (Amanda) Witbrod, Anthony (Sarah) Witbrod, and Brian (Kristin) Witbrod; 27 great-grandchildren, Sean, Sophia, Natalie, Melanie, Mia, Conor, Reyna, Alana, Liam, Jared, Gabe, Éireann, Brendan, Patrick, Ian, Eve, Myles, Emma, Ethan, Lillian, Micah, Rita, Olive, Thomas, Stephanie, Alex, and Brandon; and a cousin, Marilyn Leigh.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, in 1986; a son, Michael Reed; a sister, Marie Nickels; and two daughters-in-law, Rachael and Dorothy Reed.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, at Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. The visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass Thursday, June 14, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock. Interment will follow in Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock.
Memorials may be made to Woodstock Fire/Rescue or St. Mary Church.