Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

January 30, 2014

Sister Marilyn Reyes

The Daily Iowegian

---- — Sister Marilyn Reyes, CHM, 94, formerly of Centerville, died on Jan. 28, 2014 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Centerville with Father Bill Hubmann officiating. A visitation will be held on Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church from 10-11:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Centerville. Memorials have been established to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at

The daughter of Victoriano Reyes and Mariana Vargas, Juanita Pauline Reyes was born in Centerville in 1919. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary, Ottumwa in 1936 and professed vows in 1939.

She completed a BA in Elementary Education at Marycrest College, Davenport. For more than 25 years she taught primary grades in the Diocese of Davenport at St. Mary and St. Patrick in Ottumwa, St. Mary in Centerville and St. Alphonsus in Davenport, as well as outside the diocese in Des Moines and cities in Illinois and Montana.

Following completion of her MA in Intercultural Education from the University of the Americas, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico in 1978, she began a ministry in bi-lingual religious education with emphasis on Spanish speaking persons. This ministry continued formally and informally for the rest of her life. In addition, course work in religious studies at Mundelein College prepared her for pastoral ministry in California, Arizona, Illinois, Kansas and Texas. She retired to the Humility of Mary Center, Davenport in 1992 where she remained a volunteer or participant in many activities in the Quad Cities. Among these were Gilda’s Club, Friendly House, Center for Active Seniors, Inc. and the Iowa Democratic Party. Several months ago she moved to Bishop Drumm Care Center.

Of nine siblings, only her brother Victor Reyes of Rock Island, Ill. survives. Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Sisters and Associates of her religious community.