Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 6, 2013

Paul E. Reilly

TRAVERSE CITY — Paul E. Reilly, 80, of Traverse City, died Oct. 31, at home. Born Oct. 31, 1933, in Moundsville, W.Va., he was the son of Francis Patrick and Mildred May (Carter) Reilly.

He was a 1951 graduate of St. Charles High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Charles Seminary/College in 1955. He attained his Master of Social Work from Wayne State University in 1963.

Paul honorably served in active duty in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1960.

He was employed as a marriage/family counselor by the Diocese of Grand Rapids in 1967 and by the Diocese of Gaylord from its formation until his retirement in 1995.

On July 14, 1962, at Gesu Catholic Church in Detroit, he married Marilyn (Molly) Rohr.

In 1967 they moved to Traverse City, where they were members of St. Francis Catholic Church and were active in many of the parish ministries throughout the years.

In 2008 Paul moved to Notre Dame, Ind., where he was an active member of the Holy Cross Association.

Paul is survived by two daughters, Nora M. Reilly and Kathy (Gerry) Hiatt; two sons, Neil J. (Carmen) and John E. (Nancy) Reilly; and six grandchildren, Betsy and Jack Hiatt, Connor and Noah Reilly, Lana and Erin Reilly; a brother, Brother James P. Reilly CSC; and a sister-in-law, Julia A. Rohr.

Friends may call at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m., where a rosary will be prayed at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue at St. Francis Church on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 8 p.m., with a scripture service at 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., also at the church. Graveside services will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Oakwood Catholic Cemetery with full military honors under the auspices of the Cherryland VFW Post 2780.

In remembrance, memorials may be directed to the Grand Traverse Area Right to Life.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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