Joan Reitz

22 May 2018
Joan Reitz
Joan Reitz

Joan Reitz, 91, died on Saturday, May 19th here in Northfield. Joan worked at Carleton first as secretary in the Art Department in 1975-1976, and then for 13 years as secretary to the Chaplain until her retirement in 1989. Friends and colleagues describe Joan as unfailingly gracious and kind to all and a loyal friend. She was devoted to her family, Carleton, its students, her church, and many community groups.

Joan is survived by her husband, Bob, who taught Physics at Carleton, and their four children, 8 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. A more complete obituary can be found on the Bierman Funeral Home website.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at First United Church of Christ in Northfield, Minnesota on Friday, June 15th, at 2pm. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Gifts can be made in Joan’s memory to the First United Church of Christ or donor’s choice.

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  • 2018-05-22 14:53:38
    Richard Ramette

    Bob and Joan came to Northfield in the summer of 1954, just days after my wife, Lenora, and me.  Friendship was instantaneous, with Bob and I becoming lifetime fishing buddies and poker players, and Joan and Lee becoming long term friends and simultaneous child-raisers. Joan felt the most important thing in life was "nurturing the children."  We went on cruises together, and enjoyed each others company in our homes and at numerous Carleton events.  Bob and I became "tied" for faculty seniority, and therefore shared the duties of College Marshall in the last years. When Lee and I had moved to Arizona, and made annual trips to our MN cabin, Bob and Joan always insisted we stay with them on the way.  We felt very fortunate to have their love and support over so many years, which was accompanied by similar friendships with Chuck and Roberta Gavin, making a loyal and treasured sextet that enhanced the wonder of life at Carleton College.

  • 2018-06-03 14:58:32
    Mike & Cathy Kowalewski

    We were deeply saddened to hear that we have lost Joan.  We were Bob and Joan’s across-the-backyard-fence neighbors for over 15 years and Joan was a smiling, big-hearted presence in our lives as our children grew up and the neighborhood (which originally included Jerry and Jean Mohrig, Paul and Marie Jensen, David and Heather Davis-Van Atta and Jack Thurnblad) changed and evolved.  Bob’s backyard garden and Joan’s flowers helped brighten our adjacent oases of contentment on “the Courts” (Hillside and Bunday) off of Nevada Street.  Bob and Joan were wonderful neighbors and we were fortunate to share the years we did with them.  We would often chat with Joan about Carleton or family or Northfield, as she was outside working in the yard or hanging clothes on the clothesline.   She often brought over plates of delicious, homemade cookies at Christmas time.  Joan’s dedication to her family was marked by an immeasurable love and devotion.  She was kind-hearted, good-natured and generous and she and Bob were deeply tied to Carleton.  We saw them over the years at numerous events at Carleton, from concerts to Honor’s Convocations and it always lifted our spirits.  We are both better people for having known Joan Reitz.  Our sincerest condolences to Bob and the rest of the family.  

  • 2018-06-21 12:45:00
    Linda Reitz Baldwin

    Thank you Dick Ramette and Mike and Cathy Kowalewski for these loving comments about our mom. It means so much to all of us!