Lela M. Reif of Downers Grove, Ill., formerly of Cedar Rapids, died at her daughter's home in Downers Grove on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018. Services at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Memorial Park Chapel of Memories, where friends may call after 10 a.m. Saturday. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Keith of Downers Grove; a daughter, Shirley (Ed) Kucia of Downers Grove; two sons, Michael (Diana) of Laurie, Mo., and Arnold (Bonnie) of Hiawatha; and one sister, Jeanette Elgin of Center Point. She is also survived by three grandchildren, Keith (Leah), Tracy (Nick) and Laura (Everett); and six great-grandchildren, Alex, Jonalyn, Andrew, Mercedes, Jade and Nicholas.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene and Bea; two brothers, Bob and George; and two grandchildren, Kurt Reif and Edward Kucia.
Lela was born May 3, 1924, in Minneapolis, Minn., the daughter of Robert and Dora Furman Bowler. She graduated from Williamsburg High School and married Keith A. Reif on Feb. 15, 1944, in Norfolk, Va. Lela was a homemaker. She enjoyed music, playing both the guitar and accordion, camping, gardening, bowling, fishing and traveling with her husband Keith.
Lela will forever be remembered as a wonderful and caring wife, mother, sister and grandmother whose memory will be cherished by all who knew and loved her.
Memorial donations may be given to the Cedar Valley Humane Society. Please leave a message or tribute to the Reif family on the website www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.