Couple married 63 years,known each other for 75 years, die 37 hours apart
Joseph was 90 and Agnes was 89.
"They sure don't make 'em like they use too!!!"
Family photo Joseph and Agnes Reis will be remembered on Monday at Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church in Houston.
Agnes Reis died Sept. 9 in the Hallmark retirement center in Houston, where she and her husband had lived for 12 years. Thirty-seven hours later, on Sept. 11, Joseph Reis died at Methodist Hospital.
"They were childhood sweethearts," said Agnes' niece, Neville Lassotovitch of Barrington, R.I. "They were extremely devoted. It was my feeling that when (Agnes) realized he was dying, she didn't want to live without Joe. I think maybe he knew that she had died, but at that point he was pretty much out of it."
Lassotovitch said the Reises were "extremely charming, elegant and fun-loving. I loved them all my life, but my husband and I liked them as friends. We enjoyed being with them. Age didn't matter one bit.
"They wanted to have children, but it wasn't in the cards," Lassotovitch added.
Agnes Neville Reis was born in Baltimore, the daughter of James N. Neville and Felicia Leonard Neville. She graduated from Mount de Sales Academy in Catonsville, Md., and from Eaton and Burnett Business College in Baltimore.
Agnes Reis was a volunteer worker with children's groups and with people with mental problems. She also was a volunteer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Joseph Reis also was born in Baltimore, the son of Joseph C. Reis and Catherine Beckman Reis. He graduated from Mount St. Joseph College in Baltimore.
In 1946, Reis joined Ayerst Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company. He was transferred to Houston as district sales manager in 1953 and retired in 1983 after 37 years with the company.
Reis was a volunteer for the Houston chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit association that promotes formation, growth and success of small businesses.
In addition to Lassotovitch, survivors include another niece, Candace Flatt Thornton of Arnold, Md.; and two nephews, the Rev. Guilford Flatt of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Joseph Charles "Mike" Flatt of Savannah, Ga.
Funeral arrangements were delayed by Hurricane Ike and the need to find a time when all family members could attend, Lassotovitch said.