April 22, 1933 ~ September 23, 2020

Born in: San Francisco, CA
Resided in: Torrance, CA

Mary Ann Reis (Schwerin), 52 year resident of Torrance, passed away on Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at age 87 with her two children nearby. Mary Ann was born in San Francisco on April 22, 1933, the youngest daughter of William Julius Schwerin, Founder of Schwerin Brake Service, and Anna Maria Herz from Munich, Germany. She was baptized a Catholic at St. Anne’s Cathedral, and grew up with two older sisters and an older brother, on the San Francisco Peninsula.

She enjoyed childhood summers in a family cabin her father built surrounded by redwoods in La Honda. After attending some elementary school at Notre Dame in Belmont, she moved around between boarding schools while suffering from epilepsy. As a teenager, Mary Ann wanted to become a nun, and entered the convent in Santa Barbara. While in Santa Barbara, she professed membership to the Secular Order of Franciscans at the Society of Poor Clares while working at St. Francis Hospital as a nurse’s aide.

In her mid-30’s, Mary Ann met the love of her life, Charles Owen Reis of Los Angeles, through a mutual friend in the Legion of Mary, Eleanor Voeste. They began their courtship in the spring of 1966, and were married in Burlingame on December 30, 1967. The Reises settled in Charles’ hometown, Torrance, where they bought a home and raised their two children while being active in their church and their children’s schools, as well as many religious organizations and causes. Mary Ann was an active member of the Catholic Daughters of America, as well as a 60+ year devoted member of the Third Order of St. Francis, and will be buried in the secular habit next to her husband, Charles, who was also interned in Franciscan habit.

Mary Ann is survived by her children: her daughter Rose Reis-Jackson, son-in-law James Jackson, and granddaughter Ryan Aurora Jackson of Fair Oaks, Calif., and her son Gregory Reis, daughter-in-law Erika Obedzinski, and grandchildren Charlie and Ana Obedzinski of San Geronimo. She is also survived by her older sister Betty Hansen (Schwerin) of Willits, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Mary Ann’s memory to South Bay Village, Seniors helping Seniors in the South Bay. Address : 22939 Hawthorne Blvd #106, Torrance, CA 90505. Phone: 424-271-2304 Website:



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  1. candle 4Mary Ann Reis was a beautiful person inside and out, always thoughtful and always doing kind deeds for others, she will always be remembered for her cute jokes witty personality, we will miss her and always love her.

    • candle 6Thank you, Zenaida. The novena was a beautiful honor for our family and my mom. I am so glad she was there with us the first night praying the rosary one last time with her CDA sisters in Christ.

  2. candle 7I am friends with your daughter Rose. I can see your beautiful soul through Rose’s.
    Rest in peace dear Mary Ann.

  3. candle 3May peace be with you and good memories to light the darkness of grief. All our love, Bruce, Gina and Jaden. Our thoughts and hearts are with you.

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