Obituaries and services: Carolyn Jane Reger


Carolyn Jane Reger, 71, of Newtown, Missouri, died Thursday, November 17, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family.

Carolyn was born on August 13, 1951, to Edgar and Martha (McCaughey) Schnelle. She grew up in Pollock, Missouri. She graduated from Newtown High School, where she was an athlete and after graduation coached basketball and softball. She then attended Northeast Missouri State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1973. Later that year she married Alford Reger and they had two sons. In the 1980s they operated the family farm and in the 1990s an auto repair shop in Newtown. In 1997, Carolyn purchased the Newtown grocery store and operated it until 2021.

Carolyn liked to play cards, especially rummy. She has encouraged the Chiefs, Royals, MU Tigers and most recently the Iowa State Cyclones. She enjoyed attending local sporting events and spending time with her family and friends, including her adoptive family, the Reeds, and especially her “nanny” Kim. She was a current member of the Lucerne Christian Church and a former member of the Newtown Christian Church.

Carolyn is survived by one son, Allen (Kelsey) Reger of Kansas City, Missouri, and several cousins. She was predeceased by her parents and one son, Bryan Dean Reger.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at Newtown Christian Church in Newtown, Missouri. A visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 21, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Ruschmeier Funeral Home in Milan, Missouri.

Memorial contributions may be made to Plainview Cemetery.

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