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“Sandra, I am sorry for your lose . Our thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time. It is so hard , but just take it one day at a time. God will...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Mary & Robert Pinegar - Hamilton, IA

“Mark so sorry to hear of cathy passing! Will miss seeing her on the river with you and the dogs! Will also miss seeing her at baldy!! She was such an...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Jason & Tina Thomas - what cheer, IA

“Mark, Very Sorry for your Loss.Thoughts and prayers to you and your Family at this difficult time. ”
3 of 29 | Posted by: Brian Davis - knoxville, IA

“Mark and Family, We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Cathy. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless! ”
4 of 29 | Posted by: Ben & Juli Larman - Hamilton, IA

“So sorry for your loss Mark. We aren't able to come for visitation or service but wanted to pass on our condolences. You're in our thoughts. ”
5 of 29 | Posted by: Burt & Linda Simbro - Monroe, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing I remember being with her when we were growing up in Pershing, she always had a special place in my heart,...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Renae Brown-Mabie - Newton, IA

“Mark & family, please know we are so sorry. Cathy brought so much life into a room and made everyone feel like someone! She will be missed dearly. ...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Kathleen L Lee-White - Otley, IA

“I am so sorry to hear of Cathy's passing Mark. May God comfort you and your family in this difficult time. ”
8 of 29 | Posted by: Wayne Rozenboom - Oskaloosa, IA

“So very sorry for your loss. May God grant you all peace. ”
9 of 29 | Posted by: Joan Bonnett-Wade - Baxter, IA

“I did not know her, but my sister-in-law (Susan Floden) thought of her as a good friend and said nice things about her. I am sorry for loss, she...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Liz Breon - San Antonio, TX

“I will miss driving by with the bus and honking and waving it always made my day. My thoughts and prayers are with the family -- remember you...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Michelle Clayton - Tracy, IA

“Sorry to hear of the loss of your wife Mark,God bless you and your family. ”
12 of 29 | Posted by: Phil Remmark - Ottumwa, IA

“Mark and family so sorry for your loss we had a lot of memories with cathy ”
13 of 29 | Posted by: Pat and denise Rawls - Harvey, IA

“Mark and Family,I am so sorry to have learned of Cathy's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. An to the...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Jeff Hileman - Knoxville, IA

“May God give all of Cathy's family and friends peace. ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Denise Dye - Albia, IA

“Very sad to hear the news of Cathy's untimely passing. Prayers to Mark and the Reed and Zellmer families during this very difficult time. Cathy was...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Tim McCombs - Knoxville, IA

“May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. ”
17 of 29 | Posted by: Ann Pearson - Bussey, IA

“We are so very sorry to hear of Cathy's unexpected passing. She was such a wonderful person and she always had a smile on her face. So unfortunate...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Ron & Joy Dykstra - Bussey, IA

“We are so sorry for your loss. Prayers for the Zellmer and Reed families. Cathy was an awesome woman, mom, grandma, family member, and friend to...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Heather and Paul Huyck - IA

“So sorry for your loss! I loved Cathy like a sister! I know this has been quite a shock to you all as it has been for our community, but the Good...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Floden - Bussey, IA

“Mark and family,I am so sorry for your loss. Cathy was a sweet person. I know she will be watching over all of you from Heaven. ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: Beverly Selby (Grimes) - CO

“I am so sorry for you an your family's loss. ”
22 of 29 | Posted by: Debb Shaull - Hedrick, IA

“I am so sorry about Cathy. Thoughts and prayers to all the Reed and Zelmer families. May memories of better times comfort your hearts. Her wonderful...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Helen Marshall - Murietta, CA

“We wanted to express our deepest sympathy to Mark and the kids and grandbabies. May God wrap his arms around the family in your time of grief. ”
24 of 29 | Posted by: Rick & Brenda Padgett - Hamilton, IA

“I so sorry to hear of your loss, Mark. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Tony Spiker - Acquaintance

“Sending prayers and thinking of you all during this sad and difficult time. Cathy was always a ray of sunshine and will be greatly missed! ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: Brenda/Tylor Rawls - Otley, IA

“Mark and family so sorry to hear of your loss many prayers coming your way for healing and comfort ”
27 of 29 | Posted by: Darlene DeLong - Sully, IA

“I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the Reed & Zellmer family's ”
28 of 29 | Posted by: Rosie Reid - Bussey, IA

“We are very sorry and we hurt with you all of you guys love Keith and Ann and Brian ”
29 of 29 | Posted by: Keith and Ann and Brian Miller - TN


Cathy Jill Reed, age 58, of Bussey, passed away Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

Cathy was born November 23, 1957 to Don and Sandra (Marshall) Zellmer at her parent's home in Pershing, Iowa. She grew up and attended school at Twin Cedars. She was united in marriage to Mark Reed on September 6, 1975 in Princeton, Missouri. To this union 3 children were born, Deann, Jill, and Kevin.

Cathy was a homemaker and also helped babysit for many families in the area. She loved being outdoors, camping and going barefoot. She was a very fun loving, good natured person that would do anything for her grandchildren no matter how big or small. Cathy enjoyed riding motorcycles and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes basketball team. Her real joy in life was spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Mark; her parents, Don and Sandra; her children, Deann (Chris) McElroy, Jill Grimes, and Kevin "Ralph" (Amanda) Reed; 10 grandchildren, Tess, Harlie, Trinity, Reed, Owen, Titan, Wyatt, Chase, Layla, and Sydney; a sister, Donna; 2 brothers, Gary and Roger (Kim); a mother-in-law, Barbara Rogers, 2 brothers-in-law, Steve (Jo Ann) and Craig (Carol); a sister-in-law, Sue (Joe); and several nieces and nephews.

Cathy was preceded in death by her brother, Bob; a father-in-law, Jack Reed; and an sister-in-law, Penny Reed.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, April 9th, 2016 at Tharp Funeral in Albia, with Pastor Don Thurman officiating. Burial will follow services at the Greenlawn Cemetery in Bussey.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m., Friday, April 8th, 2016 at the Tharp Funeral Home in Albia with Cathy's family present from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

A memorial has been established to the family.

Condolences may be left for the family at www.tharpfh.com.