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Elizabeth "Betsy" Rahn (Reed) VIEW PROFILE

10/9/1940 - 1/2/2018

Reed, Betsy J. was preceded in death by parents, Frederick and Mary Rahn. Survived by husband of 52 years, Bob Reed; sons, Rob (Stacie) and Tim (Mindy); sister, Mary Louise Tunning; brother, Terry Rahn; grandchildren: Mary Beth, Anna, Madeline, Allen, Josie, Abby, Maggie, and Charlie; numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 5th, from 4 pm to 7 pm at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7 pm.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL on Saturday, January 6th, at 10:30 am at St. Robert Bellarmine Church. Family interment following luncheon. Memorials to: Duchesne Academy; Institute for Priestly Formation; St. Robert Bellarmine Church; Creighton Prep; or Creighton University.


Former OPS teacher Betsy Reed, 77, was active member of community

By Steve Jordon / World-Herald staff writer

Jan 5, 2018 Updated Jan 6, 2018

As a second-grade teacher at Dundee Elementary, Betsy Reed covered all subjects for her young charges.

Although she attended Catholic schools up through her degree at Duchesne College, she loved public education, especially the Omaha Public Schools, said her son Rob.

“She was a huge fan of OPS,” Rob Reed said Friday, and she gave up teaching only when she and her husband, Bob, started a family of their own. Rob and his brother, Tim, attended public schools until enrolling at Creighton Prep.

The Reed family grew to include eight grandchildren, and family members were with her when she died Tuesday at the Josie Harper Hospice House after a years-long struggle with various forms of cancer, Rob Reed said. She was 77.

Her longtime hobby at home was needlepoint, and the family planned to display some of her decorated Christmas stockings during Friday’s visitation at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church and today’s 10:30 a.m. funeral Mass.

“We always joked that if it wasn’t moving, mom was stitching it,” Reed said. “Christmas tree ornaments, pillows — all the grandkids (Mary Beth, Anna, Madeline, Allen, Josie, Abby, Maggie and Charlie) have some wonderful keepsakes.”

The Reeds were founding members of St. Robert’s parish, attending services at Crestridge School before the church building was constructed. They had a place at Iowa’s Lake Okoboji, where family members loved to gather for vacations and holidays.

Betsy was first diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago and then uterine cancer seven years ago. The past 18 months, cancer spread elsewhere, leading her to have home hospice care.

“We’re going to miss her terribly,” Rob Reed said. “She fought courageously. She’s a lot tougher lady than I could ever muster. But we know she’s in a much better place.”

She enjoyed Christmas at home with family members until moving to the hospice house last weekend, her son said.

A native of Omaha, Elizabeth Rahn attended Blessed Sacrament School and Holy Name High School before college.

She married Robert A. “Bob” Reed 52 years ago. He retired in 2014 after 40 years as CEO of Physicians Mutual Group in Omaha and is the insurance company’s chairman. He succeeded Betsy’s father, Frederick Rahn, as head of Physicians Mutual.

Last year the Reeds were named members of the Aksarben Court of Honor for their community service leadership.

She is past president of Duchesne Academy’s board of trustees, chaired Creighton Prep’s BASH and was active in the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Omaha Symphony, the Assistance League of Omaha, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, the Archbishop’s Educational Trust, Boys Town, the Catholic Charities Foundation and the Holy Name School Alumni Association.

She also is survived by a sister, Mary Louise Tunning, and a brother, Terry Rahn. The family suggested memorials to the church or to Duchesne Academy, the Institute for Priestly Formation, Creighton Prep and Creighton University.

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