Belva Zimmerli

Belva Zimmerli, 89, of Redwood Falls died Thursday, March 16, 2017, at Wood Dale Home in Redwood Falls. Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday, March 22) at First United Methodist Church in Redwood Falls with inurnment in Crestlawn Gardens. 

Belva Marie Stadick was born April 18, 1927. She graduated from Wabasso High School in 1945, and attended commercial college in Mankato. She married Herbert Reese of Morton in 1948. They had five children and farmed near Clements until Herb’s death in 1965. Belva waitressed several restaurants and worked as a bookkeeper at Zieske’s Lumber Yard, the Rowena Elevator, Clements Grain & Feed, and Wabasso Grain & Feed while continuing to farm with the help of her children.

Belva married Leonard Zimmerli in 1969 and together they had a daughter. In 1981, they retired and moved to Redwood Falls. 

Belva is survived by her children, Trish (Duane) Engler of Minnetonka, Larry Reese of Arizona, Gary (Cindy) Reese of Springfield, Jack (Jody) Reese of Sartell, and Karin (Karl) Ramey of Redwood Falls; daughter-in-law Lavonne Reese of Sanborn; 16 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Joann Gold, Janet Becker, and Norma Brandt; brothers, Dean Brandt, and Tom Brandt. She was preceded in death by her husbands; and son, Steve Reese.

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