Cathleen Reed 1941-2019

Cathleen Reed 1941-2019

Catherine E. “Cathleen” Reed, 78, Soldier, died Saturday, June 8, 2019, at the Bryan West Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

She was born April 3, 1941, at Holton, the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Beightel Kennedy. She graduated from Holton High School in 1959 and received her nursing degree from St. Mary’s College in Leavenworth.

After nursing school, Cathleen worked at the Holton Hospital. She later moved to Billings, Mont., and worked as a nurse there before moving back to the Holton area. She again worked at the Holton Hospital before moving to the Jackson County Health Department, working first as a nurse and then as the director. She retired in 2003 after 23 years of service to the health department.

She was a member of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton and the Altar Society at the church. She played the organ at St. Dominic and at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church for many years. She was a founding member, board member and former director of the Jackson County Friends of Hospice. She was very active with Holton Community Hospital, currently serving on the board of directors of the hospital and the hospital foundation, very active on the steering committee for the building expansion, and a member of the Hospital Auxiliary. Cathleen was also a member of the Jackson County Historical Society, the East Grant Unit and had been a longtime Open Class Superintendent with the Jackson County 4-H Fair.

She married Dale Reed on Sept. 8, 1973, at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Holton. He survives.

Other survivors include two daughters, Cody Utz (Aaron), Holton, and Kitty Reed-MacDonald (Ray), Montrose, Colo.; a brother, Joe L. Kennedy (Kathy), Soldier; a sister, Betty Jo Howells (Bart), Dillon, Mont.; and four grandchildren, Grace, Isaac and Preston Utz and Dayle MacDonald.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 12 at St. Dominic Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, west of Holton. Cathleen will lie in state from noon Monday until 3 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home. She will lie in state after 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church, where a parish rosary will be prayed at 6 p.m., followed by visitation until 8:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Embrace the Future Capital Campaign at Holton Community Hospital, St. Dominic Catholic Church or Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church, sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, KS 66436. Online condolences may be made at


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109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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