225 W. Monroe St., New Bremen, OH 45869

Mary K. (Dicke) Reed November 10, 1927 - October 30, 2020

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Mary Kathryn (Dicke) Reed, age 92,
died peacefully surrounded by family on October 30, 2020 at her residence located at The Cottages of Carmel in Carmel, California.

Mary was born on November 10, 1927 in Passaic, NJ to Carl H. and Irene Kamman Dicke. The family returned to New Bremen and Dayton, Ohio. She attended Wilbur Wright High School and graduated from New Bremen High School (1945). Her strong interests in science encouraged her to graduate from Western Reserve University, Flora Stone Mather College for Women in Cleveland, Ohio with a Bachelor’s of Science in Chemistry and Biology (1945-49), and specialize in Medical Technology. Over the next 8 years her employment included medical research, technical librarian and quality control in chemical manufacturing.

She married Al Reed (1951) at St. Paul United Church of Christ in New Bremen, Ohio. In 1957 they moved to Lima, Ohio where he began his private practice of medicine. They were blessed with 2 children Jeffrey Charles (1959) and Laura Kathryn (1963). The next 47 years were filled with enjoying her family life and volunteer work in the community and church. She was past President of the Medical Auxiliary, Lima Junior Service League, Lotus Club, a Board Member of Goodwill Industries, United Cerebral Palsy Clinic and an Elder in Market Street Presbyterian Church.

In 2005 Al and Mary moved to Carmel, California. Al died December 3, 2012 after 61 years of marriage. Mary is survived by her children Jeffrey (Janine) Reed of Menlo Park, California, and Laura K. Reed of Detroit, Michigan; grandchildren Megan and Katherine Reed of Menlo Park, California and Anton Reed Mikolowski of Detroit, Michigan. She is also survived by nephews James F. Dicke II (Janet) and Dane W. Dicke (Cindy). Her brother James F. (Eilleen) Dicke, sister Edna Margaret (Joe) Vick, nephew Josiah Vick and niece Irene Vick (Chris) Elsea predeceased her.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in the Spring or Summer of 2021. Interment will take place in the German Protestant (Lock Two) Cemetery of New Bremen, Ohio. Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be dedicated to the charity of donor’s choice. The Gilberg-Hartwig Funeral Home in New Bremen is assisting the family during this time of loss, and online condolences can be sent to the family at: www.gilberghartwigfh.com

A Celebration of Life will be held in the Spring or Summer of 2021.
Interment will take place in the German Protestant (Lock Two) Cemetery of New Bremen, Ohio.
Memorial contributions in memory of Mary may be dedicated to the charity of donor's choice.


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    Paul and Janet Dicke says

    Very sorry for your loss. Cousin Mary was a wonderful person who was kind and pleasant. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    Patsy Spring says

    My deepest sympathy to the Reed family. I worked along side Dr. Reed in CCU at LMHS and did many stress tests with him. He talked of Jeff and Laura and Mrs. Reed often. He was a great Doctor and I learned a lot from him. May your memories be a comfort to all of you.

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    Bev Thompson says

    Deepest sympathy to the family. Mary was an amazing woman. You are in my prayers for peace and healing.

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    Nancy Curry says

    Was so sad upon reading about Mary. I knew her through our mutual involvement with the Medical Auxiliary and Market Street Presbyterian Church. When we first moved to Lima, Mary was my first visitor, inviting me to a meeting of the auxiliary. She was always a very gracious lady.

    I think that my husband’s cousin, Robert Campbell was married to a cousin of Mary’s. Her name was Erline Kuenning.

    I know Mary will be greatly missed.

    With sympathy, Nancy Curry

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    Barbara and Dusty Young says

    You have our sincere sympathy. Mary and Al were among our favorite friends. We dearly loved them, and we miss them. Our love to Jeff and Janine and your daughters and Laura and Anton.

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