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Dorothy (nee Mammoser) Reif

June 3, 1925 ~ March 2, 2020 (age 94)


Dorothy Reif (nee Mammoser) of Park Ridge, passed away peacefully on March 2nd. Preceded in death by her husband, Louis J. Reif, her parents, Joseph and Mae Mammoser, and her sister, Mary Louise Burkhardt. She is survived by her children, Joseph (Kimberly) Reif and Katie (Vince) Fazio; her grandchildren, Colleen, Cara, and Joe Fazio and Michael Moynahan; her brother-in-law and sister-in-law Bob and Helen Nordland, and sister-in-law Loretta Reif; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was born and raised in Chicago, where she attended St. Bartholomew Grade School and Alvernia High School. It was during her childhood years that  she formed a tight-knit group of friends who remained close throughout their lives. She held several different secretarial/bookkeeping jobs, then landed a job in the advertising department at Kraft Foods, which she loved. She married Lou in 1961, and they settled in Park Ridge to raise their family.  Dorothy spent countless hours supporting her children at the baseball field, soccer field, and ice rink. She eventually returned to work to become a travel agent, and helped plan many honeymoons and vacations. Whenever possible, she signed-up for various excursions so she could see the world. She was always ready for the next adventure.

 Dorothy enjoyed and participated in a variety of activities, including golf, tennis, bridge, and gardening. She was an avid sports fan who was known to cheer loudly for the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks. She was a long-time member of the Mystical Rose Guild at St. Paul of the Cross Church, and volunteered at the Center of Concern and other community clubs and organizations.  She loved to socialize and was always ready to lend a helping hand. Most importantly, she cherished her family and her many, many friends.

Memorial Visitation Saturday, September 26, 10 a.m.- 12 noon at Ryan-Parke Funeral Home, 120 S. Northwest Hwy., Park Ridge. A strict limit of 50 people  will be allowed in the building at one time. If you feel sick or have compromised health, please stay home. Masks will be required.  Memorial Mass and Interment will be private.  

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the charity of your choice.


September 26, 2020

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Ryan-Parke Funeral Home
120 S. Northwest Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

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