In Memory of Dean Reis

Private Family Services Will Be Held

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It is with both sadness and joy that we share with you the passing of our beloved brother, Dean Alexander Reis, who was welcomed to heaven the morning of Sunday, March 15, 2020. Born July 25, 1962, he was the youngest of nine children born to Herman and Virginia Reis of Prescott, Wisconsin. Dean faced many challenges in his life but proved to the rest of us what courage and humility were all about. He attended Prescott Public Schools for part of his early education and later attended a number of educational programs in Pierce County. He excelled beyond anyone’s expectations and was known for his keen sense of humor. In an apprenticeship program in 2009, Dean was awarded a trophy for outstanding performance and contributions to his workplace.

Dean will be remembered for his appreciation of and enthusiasm for life. Among his favorite activities were fishing, bowling, latch hook, playing pool, swimming, arts and crafts, dancing, traveling, and playing with a pet. Sources of joy to him were all the nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews, treasuring the arrival of any new baby into the family. A gentler, kinder person would be a challenge to find. With his imagination full of wonder, he was a devotee of Jim Henson’s creations, the excitement of super heroes who, through fantasy, brought truth and justice to all, and the magic of the movie Wizard of Oz. As a self-made dancer, he loved the music of Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, and Elvis Presley, among others.

Dean is survived by this eight siblings: Dan Reis (Pat Williams, friend), Angela (Robert) Kondrasuk, Jane Reis, Teresa (Richard) Swiggum, Donna (Leo) Beskar, Joe (Kerry Althoff) Reis, Lucy (Don) Nellessen, and Mary (Larry) Hanson; twenty-one nieces and nephews; and twenty-eight great nieces and nephews.

Dean was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Virginia Reis, and his nephew, Mitchell Reis.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Big River, River Falls, WI. Interment will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Because of the Coronavirus concern, the service will be private, intended for immediate family only. Anyone wishing to send condolences or memorials to Dean’s family, please address to: Family of Dean Alexander Reis, O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd St., River Falls, WI 54022.

Funeral services are entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644.

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  • My Mom, Esther Haarstad, taught Dean at Lindgren School. She sure enjoyed working with him! I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Hugs and prayers for all of you. We will miss our wonderful cousin. He was always smiling. Heaven has gained another angel. Thinking of all of you. Dick and Sherry

  • My sympathy to all of Dean’s sisters and brothers. He had such a winning smile. Treasure all your happy memories of Dean.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. Dean was in my class during his early years in the Prescott School System. There is one story I must share with you. We started each day with “Sharing Time”. He would often tell the class something about his dog, Bingo. One day Dean stood before the class and announced that it was his birthday. We celebrated by singing Happy Birthday and making cards for Dean. At every opportunity I made a point to single Dean out for extra attention. When he left for the day I sent him off with one last “Happy Birthday, Dean”. The next day Dean was the first to volunteer to come before the class to share. To my great surprise Dean announced, “Today is my birthday.” I checked. Neither day was his birthday. I loved that guy!

  • So sad to hear that Dean has passed. Love the picture, it captured that wonderful smile. As Dean’s Pierce County Social Worker I had a chance to know Dean in many settings. He was a great guy. Also, knew both of his parents. Dean was very lucky to have such a loving and involved family. I know he will be missed. Cathy

  • Dan, Stacy and Eric…..much love to you on the loss of your brother and uncle….after reading his obituary it seems he was a wonderful person and very much loved. Hugs to all of you.

  • So very sorry for your loss, and was surprised to hear of your dear brother and uncle Dean’s passing. We loved to see him anywhere, have fond memories of him at church especially at the sign of peace and smiles and greetings from him after Mass. Your family’s reflections were so touching and a lesson to us all about Dean’s pure heart, kindness and zest for a fun life.
    Sending our sincere sympathy