Catherine T. (Meehan) Reser, 80, town of New Hope, died Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2000, at her home.
A funeral Mass was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at St. James Catholic Church in Amherst, with the Rev. Robert Pedretti officiating.
She donated her body to research.
Donations in her name can be made to Hospice of Portage County or to First Home of Stevens Point.
Mrs. Reser was born April 27, 1920, in Oak Park, Ill., a daughter of the late Joseph Patrick and Helen Agnes (Lillis) Meehan. She grew up in Chicago and graduated from Immaculate High School.
As a young woman, she worked in Chicago as a waitress and then as a secretary for Warner Bros. Theaters. She also worked for the WPA.
During the 1930s and 1940s, she worked with the Catholic Worker Movement in Chicago, both at the Catholic Worker House for children and the shelter for the homeless.
She was married to Peter J. Reser on Nov. 26, 1942, at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church in Chicago. He died July 5, 1994.
In 1955 the family moved to Libertyville, Ill., where she was active in the civil rights movement and the anti-nuclear proliferation movement and was president of the Legion of Mary at St. Joseph Parish.
In 1969 the family moved to the town of New Hope where she served as a poll worker.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary (Stuart) Grimstead and Anne Wagner, both of Amherst Junction, Ellen (Pradip) Mookerjee, Flemmington, N.J., and Claire (Kevin) Conerton, Cascade; six sons, Peter (Christine) and Terrence (Barbara), Albuquerque, N.M., Joseph (Shirley), Great Ayton, England, Kevin (Barbara), Elephant Butte, N.M., Martin (Katherine), Amherst, and Raymond (Laurie), Amherst Junction; two sisters, Trinita Meehan, Monet, Mo., and Eugenia Buesse, Downers Grove, Ill.; one brother, Joseph (Lee) Meehan, Chicago, Ill.; and 21 grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Raymond; and one granddaughter.