Anna Mae Reiff

April 21, 1919 ‒ August 06, 2018

Waldo, Ohio

Anna Mae Reiff, age 99 of Waldo, passed away Monday August 6, 2018 at Marion General Hospital.

Anna was born on April 21, 1919 at the family home in Marion County, the daughter of John and Gertrude (Augenstein) Ward.

On July 7, 1940 Anna was united in marriage to Robert Eldon Reiff in Waldo. He preceded her in death on October 17, 1954.

Anna worked as a bookkeeper for Waldo Supply, now Farmer’s Coop, for 27 years. She then worked with her sister at Farmer’s Mutual Insurance Company until she was 80 years old.

Anna had a special place in her heart for children and her face would light up anytime she was around them. She enjoyed going out to eat and remained active her entire life. Most of all, it was her family that Anna cherished the most. She adored her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She leaves behind a rich legacy of love and devotion and was the true matriarch of the family.

Anna was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and served the church in many ways along with participating in the Ladies’ Circle.

She is survived by her children: Roberta (John) Rengert, Janet (Harry) Klingel and Larry (the late Tami) Reiff; grandchildren: Kim (Dave) Urban, Jill (Roger) Teel, Joy Lacher, Traci (Ty) Marshall, Tim (Candy) Klingel, Kelly (Todd) Talley, Lori (Mark) Groff, Toby (Angie) Reiff and Chad Reiff; great grandchildren: Dane Urban, Taylore Urban, Julianne Lacher, Sarah Lacher, Derek (Rachel) Marshall, Kelby Marshall, Whitney Marshall, Cort Klingel, Katie Klingel, Jamie Talley, Abby Crabtree, Natalie Groff, Wesley Groff Turner Reiff, Hanah Reiff, and Alexis Reiff; great-great grandchildren: Lucy, Jace and Rayne; her brother James (Vi) Ward and many special nieces and nephews.

Anna is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert Eldon Reiff, siblings: Johnny Ward, Charles E. “Chuck” Ward and Lucille Miller; and her lifelong best friend, classmate and neighbor Hazel Wilt Smith.

Visitation will be Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 135 W Main St, Waldo at 11AM with Pastor Sarah Schaaf officiating; burial will be in Waldo Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Reiff family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • I only knew Anna briefly, but she definitely made a difference in my life. It was my job to help her during her brief stay at the hospital, but she unknowingly helped me right back. Actually, I believe she knowingly helped me. I may not have known her , but I could feel she had a heart of gold.
    Anna- Our last encounter was a silent one, as God called you home. Your work here is done and your legacy will live on in all the lives you have touched. I know it will in mine
    May God heal our hearts and hold your family close as they heal during this time.

  • What a wonderful person. She always had a smile and everyone enjoyed being with her. She will be greatly missed, you all have my sympathy

  • Anna Mae was a very special lady. She was such a good friend to my mom. It was
    important that I visit with Annie when I was back in Waldo spending time with
    Bertie and John. They are all such good people, but how could they not be with
    Annie as the role model? Blessings and Peace to the whole family.

  • So sorry to hear about Anna. She was a sweet lady. Remember her from all the girls games at Rivet Vally. Prayers for all the family.

    Vicki and Bob Webb

  • So sorry do hear this. I am sure grandma Hazel was waiting on her with a big hug. They had a very special and long friendship. She will be missed

  • “A Long-Distance Good-Bye”
    My Grandma was truly one of a kind…..Beautiful, Classy, Strong-Willed, Stubborn, Loving, Giving, Thankful, and one of the most Caring human beings ever.
    Unfortunately due to a flight cancellation Thursday evening, we were informed by the airline, we can’t get you back in time for your grandma’s funeral. My heart just aches not being there celebrating a life that has meant so much to Dave and myself. I am not quite sure “Why Now” – “Why that Flight” – only God knows. My Grandma was very stern on making it to all our family functions and if you had to miss, you made the dreaded call to her explaining your reason hoping it would be accepted. I am hoping this time, she knows we tried to come home to her and she understands. Love you Grandma XOXO
    Kim & Dave

  • Missing my great grandmother!

    What can I say? I have loved her ever-so for the past 29 years of my life. I am so sorry that I haven’t been around as much lately due to living out of state, but my heart has been with her every step of the way. I wish I called her great-grandma more often, because that is what she was – just GREAT! I usually just said Grandma Reiff…. but she was indeed GREAT Grandma Reiff! Always smiling and making a joke – nothing ever phased her.

    Also a wonderful pen-pal – we loved sending snail mail back and forth! I heart you and will think of you often (especially when I get upset – what would Great Grandma Reiff do? Tell a joke? Laugh about it? Cheer someone up? – the key is to not get upset and I learned that mostly from you)

    Love you and hope you’re loving your time up there in Heaven!