MOUNT CARROLL – Eve Arenstein passed away on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Mount Carroll. She turned 94 on Oct. 18.
Her body wore out, having served its earthly purpose and her spirit passed on to eternity.
Eve Rebeccah Daniels was born in 1924 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She had a brother, Morris, and two sisters, Rose and Jeanette “Nettie.” Her parents, Jacob “Jake” Danielowitz and Zelda “Jennie” Gardner, were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who fled the pogroms before World War I. Eve told great stories about her family – from her mother’s catered meals to the bathtub gin.
During World War II, just outside of San Francisco, California, Eve worked in a munitions factory making cartridges for the war effort. She moved to Chicago, Illinois after the war. She met and married Sol Reese in 1946. They had three children, Evelyn, Jay, and David. Sol and Eve instilled the love of learning and the importance of academic achievement in their children. Sol died in 1972.
To her children she was loving, but strict – expecting the absolute best of each of them. Eve was an avid reader and as a typical Jewish mother, helped and encouraged her children with their school work. She dragged her children to the public library and taught them to read at a very early age, how to ride a bicycle and how to swim. Eve was a hands-on mom without hovering. She let her kids make their own mistakes. She was funny, generous, loving and caring – always asking about her 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Eve loved to knit and gave gifts of her work. She worked as a hairdresser and later with her husband, Sol, in the family business. She dyed her own hair into her nineties and was a stylish and natty dresser to the end.
Eve later married David Arenstein and lived in Florida for several years. He died in 1995. In March 2005, Eve moved to Lanark, Illinois, to be closer to family.
She loved her tidy little house and was sad to leave it to live her last two years at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. The staff at Good Sam took great care of her for several years. Her family is thankful for their loving care.
Her faith and traditions were extremely important to her. She was raised Jewish and also raised her three children in the faith. The boys went to Hebrew school after school. When all three converted to Christianity, she was nonplussed. In the last years of life, she also made an assertion of faith in Christ.
Eve was a fiercely independent lady. She will be dearly missed.
Eve’s daughter, Evelyn, was a pharmacist and works with her husband, Thomas DeKorte, a podiatrist. Their children and grandchildren are: Diane (Bryan) Ford and their children, Jeremiah and Alijah; Chad (Bethany) DeKorte with children Isaac, Ellie, and Joel; and Stephanie DeKorte, who has a cat, the amazing Milo.
Her son Jay, is a lawyer, and is married to Kimberly “Kim” Cooper Reese, a clinical nurse and professor of nursing. Their children and grandchildren are: Sara (Rob) Vandercapellen and their children, Eloise and Noah; Hannah (Mark) Ledesma and their son Henry; Caleb Reese and pups; Abraham Reese; and Louisa Reese.
David, a medical doctor, is married to Leslie “Lee” Cooper Reese, a clinical laboratory scientist who has a master’s in public health. Their children and grandchildren are: Fairlight (Peter) Matthews and their sons Gabriel and Nicholas; Abbie Reese and Cedric, her dog; Isaac (Britany) Reese and son Evan Rusmisel; and Aaron (Robin) Reese, who have cats. Dave and Lee also have an “adopted” daughter, Angela Angelovska (Don) Wilson, whose children are Izzy and Tristan.
Kim and Lee are sisters. As they say, they married brothers, but not their own brothers! They were lucky enough to share a mother and mother-in-law as well as Evelyn as a sister (in-law).
In lieu of gifts or flowers, please consider donating to the Good Samaritan Society, 1006 N. Lowden Rd, Mount Carroll, IL 61053. Donations to the 501(c)3 are tax-deductible and can be made online at good-sam.com/locations/mount-carroll.