Donald L. Reiter
Don was born October 31, 1937, at St. Francis Hospital in Waterloo, the son of Leo and Angela (Klein) Reiter. After Angela’s death in 1939, Leo married Gertrude (Gibson) (Klein) Reiter in 1941. Gertie was a very loving stepmother to Don. On April 6, 1959 Don married Phyllis Ann Meier in Gilbertville, IA. Don farmed in the Dunkerton/Jesup area along with his wife for many years.
Don was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Knights of Columbus. He served as a board member of Dunkerton Co-op and Black Hawk Mutual Insurance. He was a very active member of St. Francis, Barclay and his faith, was a very important part of his life. He was active in TECs, CEWs and volunteered with Cedar Valley Hospice and as a night chaplain for Covenant Hospital. Thanks to Home Instead and Cedar Valley Hospice, Don was able to stay home until the end.
Survivors include: his wife of 62 years, Phyllis, of Jesup; two sons, Mark (Rita) of Sheffield, Mike (Carol) of Waterloo; four daughters, Sue (Gerald) O’Loughlin of Jesup, Gertie (Tony) Monat of Lansing, Katy (James) Sweeney of Independence, Angie (Jason) Auel of Fairbank; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and one on the way; one sister, Luella Zmolek of Cedar Falls; two stepsisters: Novie Foss of La Porte City and JoAnn (Cletus) Phillips of Waterloo; in-laws Rita Smith of Sumner, Maxine Schmitz of Raymond, Fred (Stella) Meier of Gilbertville, Eva Schmitz of Jesup, Bernie Meier of Virginia, Kenny (Moe) Meier of Hollywood, FL. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother, four sisters, Evelyn Reiter, Maggie (Ves) Burk, Dorothy (Leo) Bohnstengel, Olivia (Chuck) Werner; a brother, Harold (Jackie) Reiter; one stepsister Patty (Bob) McKenna of Waterloo; in-laws Glen Foss, Don Zmolek, Ann (Maurice) Reuter, Tom Smith, Jim Schmitz, Judy Meier, Bob Schmitz, Mary (Melvin) Steimel and a granddaughter, Eva Reiter.
Funeral services were 10:30 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, IA with Fr. Jeffrey A. Dole as celebrant. Msgr. Ralph Simington and Msgr. Lyle Wilgenbusch con-celebrated the Mass. Music was by Mary Jean Murch, organist, and Nancy Weber, cantor. Casket bearers were Josh Reiter, Greg Reiter, Mitch Reiter, Phillip O’Loughlin, David O’Loughlin, Paul O’Loughlin, Jacob Monat, Dustin Monat, Luke Sweeney, Joel Sweeney, Eric Sweeney and Freddie Auel. Burial was at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Raymond, IA. A visitation was held Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at St. Athanasius Catholic Church, Jesup, with a Knights of Columbus Rosary at 4 p.m. and a Vigil service at 7 p.m.
Memorials may be directed to St. Athanasius School, Don Bosco High School, or Cedar Valley Hospice. Online condolences may be posted at www.White-MtHope.com.