N. Jean Reas

September 26, 1934 ‒ February 09, 2019

Marion, Ohio

N. Jean Reas, age 84, died at Marion General Hospital on Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Jean was born on September 26, 1934 to Ernest J. Zoeller and Mary Angela (Smith) Zoeller in Tiffin, Ohio.  She was preceded in death by a brother Jimmy Zoeller, her parents, and her husband Dr. Herman W. Reas.

Jean married Dr. Herman W. Reas in November of 1990.  They were blessed with four very happy years together.

She is survived by three brothers: David (Leslie) Jones, Timothy (Gloria) Jones and Paul (Teresa) Jones. Nephews and nieces include Jay Brucker, Keith Jones, Staci (Andy) Brickner and Nikki (Kyle) Hintze, grand nieces and nephews, and many maternal and paternal cousins.

Jean attended St. Mary Elementary and Calvert High School in Tiffin, Mary Manse College (Toledo) and earned her Master Degree at St. John College (Cleveland).  She started her career in education in 1955 teaching in elementary schools in the Toledo area.  She continued her 42 year career in education in Elementary Administration, Secondary Administration, Elementary Supervision, and College Administration.  In Marion she ended her career as Principal of George Washington Elementary School.

She was Co-founder of the Toledo Diocesan Elementary Principals Association and served as President for its beginning years.  She was an active member of St. Mary Parish (Marion) and served on the Church Pastoral Council and the Marion Catholic Sr. & Jr. High School Board for several years.  She also was a member of Endowment Board of Marion Children’s Services Board and served a number of years as President.  Jean was a past member of Delta Kappa Gamma and Phi Delta Kappa.  She was an active member of the Marion City/County Retired Teachers Association and served as President for two years.

Besides her professional organizations, she belonged to The Red Hats Society, two euchre clubs, Artisans and the Marion Senior Center where she enjoyed many activities.

One of her favorite hobbies was making crafts; she enjoyed tole painting, one-stroke painting, floral arrangements, and card making.  She exhibited in many craft shows and then held shows in her home for about ten years.

She loved to travel and spent many of her retired years traveling with friends, cruising, and touring the country.

Visitation will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, GUNDER/HALL Chapel on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 4 until 7 pm.  A 10:30 am Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Thursday, February 14, 2019 with Father Ryan Schmit officiating at St. Mary Church, Marion.  Private family burial will be held at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Marion.

Memorial donations may be made in Jean’s honor to St. Mary, Marion, St. Mary, Tiffin, or the Catholic Relief Services.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Jean’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Jean was a beautiful woman I was blessed to be in Artisans with. She was one of the kindest people I’ve known and I will miss talking with her each month.

    Someday we’ll meet again, Jean, and you can show me all your lovely paintings you’ve done since we last met. I miss you already.

  • I will miss Jean!(special lady )..I was blessed to have been her hairdresser for many years ! ..I am honored to be doing her hair one last time for funeral!rest in peace

  • Jean was one of a kind, a true modern day saint to me. She was my elementary school principal at St. John the Baptist parish in Toledo Ohio in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
    I recently connected with her via a short letter and Christmas card and was elated to receive a response back. I am so grateful to find her and to have this short connection. I had hoped to come to Marion to visit with her in thee Spring. She will be dearly missed.
    I wish her eternal rest. Blessings and prayer to her family.

  • To the family of Jean. As first cousins of hers from out of state we send our most heartfelt condolences. In 2012 we had the privilege of taking a cruise with her on one of ,our uncle Brother Maurus, famous trips. It truly was a fun filled adventure we shall always remember. It was nice being able to spend some time bonding with her cause we always lived in different locations. She was truly a remarkable woman and we’re so blessed to of had that special time together. So full of life. May she be at peace and with her beloved Herman, she will be missed. Take care and God Bless. Sue (Zoeller) Stephens, Rita (Zoeller) Tom Loesser, Fred Zoeller

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Jean. I met her thru the TOPS club she attended on Tuesday nights. She was the sweetest lady and I am very happy that I knew her. RIP Jean. Debbie Aldridge.

  • I was blessed to serve on the Marion County Children’s Home Endowment Fund Board with Jean for the past eight years. She was caring and supportive and I am a better person for knowing her. My prayers to the family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Mrs Reas’ passing. She was a wonderful woman and I will always remember her as the best Principal ever! ♥️

  • From: Brother Maurus Zoeller, OSB in joyful remembrance of my dear niece, Jean Reas.
    My sympathy over the going to Heaven of my dear niece, Jean. Jean has always been a joy in my life over many years. I’ve been a monk at Saint Meinrad Archabbey for 68 years and every time over the years when I went on vacation I also set aside time to visit Jean. Jean was a real inspiration to myself and many others. I’m hoping Jean will be praying for all of us and greet us all when we too will join her in Heaven.

    I thought those reading this might enjoy my Christmas card from Jean this Christmas.
    I quote “Merry Christmas! May Peace, Blessings, Good Health and Happiness by ours this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
    I think you are like the energizer bunny! You just keep on going. Good for you. I am sure you inspire many with your strong sense of hospitality and kindness. I would love to come to St. Meinrad for a visit but I know I am no longer up to driving that distance. Love, Jean

  • Jean lived down the street from us on Yorkshire Drive and I was privileged to also know her through St. Mary Church. Our daughter is now a 30 year teacher and Jean shared her passion for teaching and children with me. Over the years we had many chats as she helped me navigate the waters of understanding all the challenges of teaching Maria faced. Jean was a special lady full of faith and energy and love for others. While I am now in Florida my heart and prayers are in Marion for those of you who are mourning her.
    Rest in Peace Jean.
    Diana Morgan