Velma Reese Obituary

Velma Grace Reese
Velma Grace Reese

September 23, 1932 - December 31, 2021
Born in Sheldahl, Iowa
Resided in Madrid, Iowa
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Velma Grace Reese, 89, of Madrid, Iowa; passed peacefully on December 31, 2021. The family will greet friends and relatives at a Celebration of Velma’s Life on Sunday, May 22, 2022; from 1 pm to 3 pm; at the Sheldahl Community Center Cabin, Sheldahl Park, 107 E Hubbell St, Sheldahl, Iowa.

Velma was born on September 23, 1932 to Louis and Marie (Taylor) Buche. Velma graduated from Sheldahl High School, attended Iowa State Teachers College and was a substitute elementary teacher. Velma married her high school sweetheart Don Reese on April 3, 1954 and had four children, Carol, Linda, Ron and Bruce.

Velma was active in the Sheldahl United Methodist Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, PEO, and her bridge club. She was a baker and ran a small cake decorating business for many years specializing in spectacular wedding cakes for the local communities.

Velma was especially proud the Century Farm award they received in March 2015 as third generation of the farm originally purchased by her grandparents in 1915. Velma recalled many fond childhood memories of playing in the farmstead trees and her grandmother’s molasses cookies.

Velma is survived by her husband Don, daughter Carol (Tim) Gumm of Ankeny, sons Ron (Mary Jo) Reese of Madrid and Bruce (Kelly Reed) of Waukee. Her brothers James Buche of New York, Charles (Darlene) Buche of Tennessee; sister, Phyllis Martens of Madrid. She will be missed by her grandchildren Curt, Justin, Nick, Brandon, and Jennifer; and her great grandchildren Brecken, Adeline, Etta, Emilia, Evan.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Margaret (Roy) Picht, and Irene (Larry) Dutton, sister-in-law Helen Buche, daughter Linda and grandson Cameron.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Sheldahl United Methodist Church and Madrid Fire Department EMS.

Our family wishes to thank the outstanding staff at Methodist West Hospital for their compassionate care of Mom.

Online condolences are welcome at




Celebration of Life
Sheldahl Community Center Cabin
107 E Hubbell St.
Sheldahl, IA US 50243
Sunday, May 22, 2022
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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Sheldahl United Methodist Church
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Slater, IA US 50244
Madrid Fire and Rescue Squad
304 S. Water Street
Madrid, IA 50156