Bettyjane Koenig Reiss

04/05/2011 2:17 PM |
Bettyjane Reiss

Bettyjane Reiss

Bettyjane Koenig Reiss died March 31 at San Simeon by the Sound Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Greenport, where she had resided since 2006. She was 85.

Born June 8, 1925, in Miami, Fla., to Dorothy (Leak) and Frederick Koenig, she earned a B.A. from H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College (the coordinate women’s college of Tulane University) in New Orleans, La.; an M.A. from the University of Miami; an M.S. from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; and a Ph.D. from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, Calif.

She married Bernard Reiss on April 15, 1955, in Miami, where he joined her family business, Paul’s Boat Supply. Together they ran the business for many years while she raised three daughters.

Ms. Reiss was affiliated with the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the Gestalt Institute of Florida, the American Psychological Association and the American Civil Liberties Union. She was also a longtime Unitarian Universalist.

Family members said she enjoyed dream analysis, reading, writing, horseback riding, fishing and bird watching. They said the happiest time of her life was when she was in her 70s and living in New York City, where she enjoyed the intellectual stimulation and loved to take long walks, explore art museums and galleries and go to the theater.

Predeceased by her husband in 1982, she is survived by her daughters, Bernadette, of Berkeley, Calif.; Juliette, of Miami; and Suzette, of Orient; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Arrangements were in the care of Horton-Mathie Funeral Home in Greenport. Interment was at Woodlawn Park Cemetery in Miami. A service will take place at a future date at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.