March 10, 1950 – May 14, 2013
Catherine Jane Reis
Catherine Jane Reis of Twin Falls, Idaho died at University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the age of 63 after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Jane was born on March 10, 1950 in Marshalltown, Iowa, the second of five children of Dr. Harold E. and Lois V. Sauer. Her surviving siblings are Dick Sauer, of Loomis, California; Barb Sauer, of Walnut Creek, California; Lori Sauer, of Beechingstoke, England and Scott Sauer of Madison, Wisconsin.
Jane married Bernard Jay "Bernie" Reis in 1973 and they set up home in Filer where their 3 children were born. They are: Jay Reis (born 1976) of Filer, Idaho; Erin Reis (born 1979) of Santa Cruz, California and Jody Reis (born 1981) of Long Beach, California. After a divorce in 1991 she moved with her children to a small acreage in Twin Falls.
Jane attended Marshalltown High School, graduating in 1968, and later received a BA in Psychology, Elementary Education and Special Education at the University of Iowa in 1972. After earning her degree, she moved to Filer, Idaho and began her career in the local education system, initially teaching Special Education. Jane later received an MA in counseling from the College of Idaho. Jane taught Special Education at Twin Falls High School during the 1991-1992 school year, and from 1992 until her retirement in 2010 she worked as a counselor at Magic Valley Alternative High School. Additionally, she had a small private practice as a therapist. Jane's choice of career was influenced by her love and devotion to children.
When her children were born they became her raison d'etre and she dedicated herself to their upbringing. They in turn gave Jane four grandsons who filled her life with unimaginable joy and many days of pleasure. The oldest two are Jay's sons, Carson, 7 and Dayton, 5. Erin is mother to Deklyn, 3, and Jody recently gave birth to Magnus, aged 5 months.
Jane arrived in Idaho with an American Saddlebred named Gwen and a beagle named Emily. She began to breed and raise Appaloosas who became her second family. From horseback she grew to know and love her adopted state of Idaho. Back roads were her favorite and she had many exciting adventures discovering hidden gems and out of the way places. She often traveled to the Hawaiian Islands, a place that had a special place in her heart, to hike, snorkel and scuba dive. More far-flung journeys led her to various European countries including England, France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia which left her with a deep feeling of gratitude to have had such wonderful experiences.
Jane was a steadfast and supportive friend, known for her no nonsense approach to life and biting sense of humor. She was admired and respected by her colleagues, friends and students and loved by those closest to her. Her family was her bedrock and she was theirs. Everyone who knew her will feel her absence and be enriched by having known her.
A celebration of Jane’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2013 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls. Burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. At Jane’s request there will be no public viewing. Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.
- Celebration of Jane's Life Friday, May 24, 2013
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May 24, 2013
Ms. Reis was one of the only reasons I can call myself a high school graduate. Her compassion was unwavering and she cared about the education of each individual student. In this conveyer belt stylized society an educator such as Ms. Reis is a priceless gem. I am saddened to hear that we have lost such a special person. I offer my condolences to her family and pray for their comfort in this moment of sadness. The memory of her kindness and understanding will forever be in my heart.
Vic & Carol Augustine
May 23, 2013
We were neighors on Hughes street, and
always enjoyed our friendship with your
family. We are very sorry for your loss.
Kathie Kendall Perry
May 23, 2013
I graduated with Jane in 1968 from MHS. She was always the girl with the cute dimples. She will be remembered at our 45th class reunion in September. Condolences to her family.
May 22, 2013
I had opportunity to work with Jane for several years prior to her retirement. She was instrumental in starting the evening "credit retrieval" program at MVHS. Jane was a "straight shooter".....firm but fair. I learned a lot from Jane working night school together for three years. She was a wonderful educator and a respected colleague.
May 21, 2013
Jane was the driving force behind many good things at Magic Valley High School. While I do not think she would take the credit for the things she did. Jane created a food bank for the students and was very instrumental in getting scholarships for the students; one of which is the Magic Valley High School Scholarship. I am proud to have had Jane as a friend and a colleague. Patty Silvers, Teacher at Magic Valley High School.
May 20, 2013
I worked with Jane at MVHS. She had a great love for her kids and grandboys! I am thankful for experiences that I shared with her both in and out of school. I will send a nod to the heavens each year as I attend my girls' recitals and Nutcracker performances. She will be remembered always and missed often. My thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time. One more angel watching over us, thanks!
May 20, 2013
I attended Magic Valley High School and graduated in 2011. Jane was a very nice, sincere lady who will greatly be missed. We are not saying good bye we are saying see you soon. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family.
May 20, 2013
I taught with Jane at Twin Falls High
School and I relied on her expertise when she was at Magic Valley Alternative High School. She was a wonderful person and I had the deepest respect for her. I am so sorry for your loss.
May 19, 2013
I attended the Magic Valley Alternative High School, graduating in 1996. Jane was a very special member of the family we all had there. Her strength and her faith in us taught the graduating class, as well as anyone who would listen, that we all are capable of completing our dreams. Thank you for sharing your wisedom Jane. My family will hold your family and friends in our prayers.
May 19, 2013
These pictures are such a great testament to Jane's love for life, her family, & her animals. They bring back so many great memories with this very special lady. This world & all of us still in it are going to miss her. God bless her and all who are pained by her passing. Ehrin Dawson (Annen)
Reynolds Funeral Chapel
May 17, 2013
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.