Kate Reber was the daughter of prominent Sandusky attorney George Reber, and his second wife, the former Nancy Stiles. On December 2, 1880, Kate Reber married Frank A. Layman in Erie County, Ohio. F.A. Layman was the editor of the Sandusky Star Journal for a time.
On May 19, 1910, Mrs. Kate Reber Layman died at the age of 45, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her remains were returned to Sandusky for burial at Sandusky's Oakland Cemetery.