NAPOLEON -- Graceann Heller Reese, wife of John Benton Reese, mother of Jane Beth Reese, Emily Grace Collins, and Sarah Jo Luzny, passed away after a short battle with leukemia in Scottsdale, Arizona, Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Graceann had residences on County Road M1 and her ancestral family home on West Washington Street in Napoleon.
She was born February 2, 1939, to Ruth Elizabeth Heller and Edwin Honeck in Napoleon. She is a descendent of the Heller family, pioneer merchants and business people in Napoleon. She was a graduate of Napoleon High School and was an art major at Bowling Green State University.
Graceann married John Benton Reese in St. Paul Methodist Church on December 28, 1960. During her active life she participated in golf and bowling leagues, Girl Scouts, 4-H, and many other youth activities. She was owner and chief executive officer of R.B. Heller & Co., a downtown Napoleon hardware, gift, appliance, and toy store in the 1970s and 80s. During this time she was very active in the Downtown Merchants Association and Napoleon Chamber of Commerce. She and her husband own GraBen LCC, a commercial real estate firm. Mr. and Mrs. Reese also are co-trustees of the John B. and Graceann H. Reese Foundation, a family charitable foundation that makes grants to numerous local and national causes. Graceann was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served on the Session and was active in numerous church activities.
Graceann is survived by her husband, John Benton Reese; daughters, Jane Beth, Emily Grace (Jack) Collins and Sarah Jo (Christopher) Luzny; and grandsons, Benton Ross Collins, John Christopher Luzny and Dalton Russ Collins; sister, Mary (Robert) Joseph; brother, Bruce Honeck; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 19, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Napoleon, with a time for fellowship to follow.
Preferred charitable donations are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, Ovarian Cancer Society, Filling Memorial Home or Henry County Historical Society. Online condolences may be made at www.rodenbergerfuneralhome.com.