Ruby Reh

By on June 20, 2013

Ruby Reh, 85, formerly of Sycamore, Ill., passed from this life to eternal life on June 12, 2013, at Countryside Care Centre, Aurora, Ill.

Born July 1, 1927, in Hayden, Colorado, the daughter of Zunker and Mary (Rappeau) Jacobson, Ruby moved to DeKalb as a young adult to live with her oldest sister. She met her first husband, Howard Smith, in DeKalb. They had two daughters and a son together. After divorcing, she met and married Andrew Reh of Sycamore.

Ruby worked in factories, as a waitress in DeKalb, and at Kendall’s Ranch (now Sorrento’s) east of Sycamore, and ended up working until her retirement at Northern Illinois University’s Student Center as head grill cook.

A very sweet and kind “people” person, Ruby would do anything for anybody. Many knew her as being very talented and creative. She could not read, but could look at a picture of a dollhouse and furniture, then make it out of plastic-canvas needlework. She loved to sketch in her growing-up years, then for her children. She also loved to paint with Artex. Her friends and family knew her love of animals of all kinds, especially cats and small dogs.

She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Roger) Kahl of Maple Park, and Carolyn (Mike) Therriault of Amboy, Ill.; grandchildren, Christopher (Kim) Kahl of Tolleson, Ariz., Nicholas (Loren) Kahl of DeKalb, Matthew (Heather) Therriault of Atlanta, Ga., Dan (Jody) Therriault of Lombard, Ill., Vicki Therriault of Amboy, Christopher (Jessica) Smith of Pocahontas, Ark., Becky (John) Klawikowski of Brookfield, Wis., and Thomas (Julie) Hajostek of Waupaca, Wis.; great-grandchildren, Peyton, Aidan, Taylor, Josh, Benji, Gavi, Cassie, Ariel, Julie Ann, Jordan and Jasmine; two great-great-grandchildren; two very special nieces, Vickey (Rich) Becci and Linda Burgos; and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Bernice Snow, Mabel Lenke, Anna Carlton and Henry and Harry Jacobson; first husband, Howard Smith; second husband, Andrew Reh; son, Thomas Smith; and granddaughter, Jennifer.

The funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, with her daughter, Patricia Kahl, officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery, DeKalb.

Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Ruby Reh Memorial Fund, sent in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, IL 60115.

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