Catherine “Kate” Sutter-Reise, 94, of Bloomington, formerly of LeRoy, passed away at 2:40 a.m. May 27, 2019, at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.


Catherine was born May 23, 1925, in Bloomington, to Harry Owen and Lenora Goldie Barnes Carnahan. She graduated from Holy Trinity High School and St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing.


She met Harold Eugene Sutter from Ellsworth, and they were married in 1951. Kate and Harold began livestock and crop farming in the Saybrook area where she also worked at the Gibson City Hospital as an RN and later did private duty nursing. In 1960 they moved to a farm north of LeRoy where they lived until Harold's death in 1992.


She married Cecil Reise in 1995. They shared an interest in travel which she sustained throughout her life. She was at his side until his death in 2008.


In recent years, she lived at Westminster Village in Bloomington where she continued to be a bright spot in the lives of others.


She is survived and will be greatly missed by her children, Cindy (TR) Dowell, Havre de Grace, Md.; Pam (Bill) Collman, Bethalto; Bonnie (Steve) Crumbaugh, LeRoy; and Harry (Renata) Sutter, Lake Forest; along with 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.


Kate demonstrated daily how to gracefully balance acceptance and persistence. Consistent with a history of giving, in her professional life and to her family, her final act was to donate her body for medical study.


Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday with a celebration of life service beginning at 11 a.m. at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, LeRoy. Inurnment will be at a later date in East Lawn Memorial Gardens, Bloomington. Memorial donations may be made to OSF St. Joseph Foundation for nurses' education, LEAS (LeRoy Emergency Ambulance Service), or a charity of the donor's choice.

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