Marianne Frances Reed


(April 7, 2004)

Marianne Frances Reed, 81, Powell, died Wednesday morning, April 7 at the Powell Valley Care Center after an extended illness.

She was born to Polish immigrant parents, Frank and Anna (Kaczmarek) Kosmider on Jan. 5, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisc. She studied voice and piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. She worked as head timekeeper at Globe Union. Also involved at the YWCA as club director, she met Niles Wilbur Reed of Powell on April 1, 1945. They were married July 20, 1946.

She was active in the Catholic Church, singing in the choir and at weddings and funerals. She also taught catechism at St. Barbara's Catholic Church for 19 years and was involved in fundraising and memberships for Community Concerts. She loved to read and enjoyed canning and cooking the rewards of her gardening.

Married for 57 years, she is survived by her husband, N. Wilbur Reed of Powell; five children, Ted Reed of Los Alamos, N.M., Linda Brabec of Libby, Mont., Kathleen Brakke of Denver, Anthony Reed of Seattle, Wash., and Jocelyn Reed of Denver; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Four siblings also survive her: Esther Gajewki of Sun City West, Ariz., Anthony Kosmider, Bernadette Kolacki and Rosie Berweiler, all of Milwaukee.

Visitation will be held Monday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of Christian Wake Services and Rosary at St. Barbara's Catholic Church at 7 p.m., Father Pete Johnson presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at St. Barbara's Church. Burial will follow in Crown Hill Cemetery. Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.