Agnes F. Reilly (nee Paul) passed peacefully to her long-earned reward on November 10, 2022. Aggie was the beloved high school sweetheart and wife for 57 years of the late Thomas J. Reilly (Himself) until his passing in 2010. She was a very hard-working, and loving mother of eight boys, a supportive and understanding mother-in-law to their wives, an especially proud and fun-loving Grandma of 45 and “GG” to another 39 (with six more on the way)!
Born Jan. 20,1931 to William V. and Hedwig Paul in New York, she was a dear sister of William Paul, Terry Clark and Florence Kelly, as well as an aunt to many nieces and nephews and friend to many hundreds more.
She moved “west” to Cincinnati with her young family in the 1950’s. Besides her obviously busy family life, Agnes was a long-time active member of St. Clare Parish, school volunteer, St. Xavier Mother’s Club member and an active sports fan. She returned to school and earned her real estate license in the 1980’s and worked for her own ‘pocket money’ for a while.
Agnes was always at her happiest in church and with family, especially at Baptisms, First Communions, graduations, weddings, holidays, and the annual Reilly Beach week where she continued to brave trips into the ocean as recently as this past June. She was an incredible example of Catholic Christian faith, grace, and dignity to the very end. While the numbers in her legacy are impressive, her lifelong example of embracing faith and family have forever enhanced the lives of many more.
Her surviving sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren include:
Tom and Maureen Reilly: TJ and Kara (Jackson and Declan), Katie and Michael Gosche (Ben, Sam, Maggie, Jacob, Luke, Johnny and William), Dan and Kristina (Michael), Brian and Tomilee, Kevin and Rachel (Liam and Ella), Mary and Anthony Pelini (Anthony “AJ”), and Molly and Joe Stoops.
Jim and Cile Reilly: Megan and Josh Richey (Jesse and Emerson), Sara and James Fulton (Levi), and Jamie and Heath Gibbs (Riley).
Mike and Denise Reilly: Joe and Kristen (Kaitlin, Megan, Caroline and Mikey), Tim and Sara, Dan, Christina and Paul Metzger (Evie, Rose Marie), Theresa and Jessop Hartmann (Conor and Olivia), Maria and Drew Canning (Thomas and Timothy), John and Jacqueline, Diane and Luke Thara, Debra and Justin Sofio (Diane, Rocco, Antonio and Maria), and Elizabeth.
Tim and Becky Reilly: Patrick and Becca (Franklin and Owen), Mary Kate and Patrick Newton (Rory, Oliver, Eliza, and Adah), Will, and Annie and Matt Welter.
Dan and Sherry Reilly: Matthew, Shannon, Madeline, Tommy, Shauna, and Marion.
Gerry and Jenny Reilly: Maggie and Jim Pope (George), Gerry Jr., Caroline and Connor Carroll, Kate, Sarah, and Grace.
Kevin and Cathy Reilly : Colleen and Michael Gong (Thomas), Kevin Jr., Brendan, Maureen, Kathleen, and Sean.
Eugene and Vicki Reilly: Elizabeth, Bridget, and Erin.
In memorial, please consider a contribution to St. Xavier High School, Attn: Tom and Agnes Reilly Scholarship Fund, 600 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati, 45224. https://www.stxavier.org/support-st-x/make-a-gift
Visitation will be at Hodapp Funeral Home, 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill 45224 on Friday, November 18 from 4-8 PM. Eulogy at St. Clare Church at 9:45 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Clare Church, 1443 Cedar Ave., College Hill 45224 on Saturday, November 19 at 10 AM. Burial will be at Spring Grove Cemetery following the mass. The service can be livestreamed at https://www.saintclareparish.org/livestream