Patricia M. Reese, 86

Patricia M. Reese, age 86, of Excelsior, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, at St. Mary’s Care Center in Winsted.

There will be a memorial service Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia with the Rev. David Wheeler officiating. Interment will be at a later date at Crow River Cemetery in New Germany.

There will be a gathering of family and friends one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia. www.johnsonfh.com

Patricia was born Jan. 27, 1932, in Chaska, the daughter of Joseph and Stella (Nelson) Donlin.

She was united in marriage to Arnon Reese June 28, 1952, at St. Mark Lutheran Church in New Germany.

After graduating from Chaska High School, Pat worked at Hovander’s Grocery store, in Hopkins. She took a taxi to work. The cab driver was a charming, dark-haired guy from New Germany, named Arnon Reese. They married and made their home in Excelsior, where they raised their family.

Pat loved baking and reading a good book – her favorites were gothic romance novels and murder mysteries. She also enjoyed camping, swimming, snowmobiling, and gardening, and she adored flowers.

Pat always made Christmas extra special for her family with her wonderful home-baked goodies and personalized, hand-sewn Christmas stockings. With a pattern; she could sew anything, even tiny Barbie Doll clothes.

Pat loved a nice waltz, and always looked forward to watching the winter Olympics’ skating competitions. She never missed an episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” Pat cherished her grandchildren, and would do anything for them. Grandma’s warm, welcoming hugs were the best.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Arnon; parents Joseph and Stella Donlin; brother Joe Donlin Jr.; sister Nancy Swearingin; father-in-law and mother-in-law George and Ida Reese; and sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Gloria and Earlan Kohls, Lois Reese, and Arlo Reese.

She is survived by her loving family: daughter Marie Selin and fiancé Desmond Lackram of St. Cloud; son Richard Reese of Carver; grandchildren Marshall Selin and fiancée Leah Peterson, Moriah Skye, Daniel Reese, Hannah (Reese) and Spencer Johnson; brother Richard and Jan Donlin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Joanne (Reese) and Don Chrisanti, William Swearingen, Rita Reese; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

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