Elmer Reinert

Birth: February 15th, 1927
Death: June 17th, 2017
Age: 90 years

Elmer L. Reinert

Frankenmuth, MI


Elmer Ludwig Reinert entered eternal life with his Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, June 17, 2017 (the day before Father’s Day) at the age of 90 years, just in time to be home for Father’s Day.   He is survived by his wife, Lorine (Keinath) Reinert after 57 years of a blessed marriage. Also cherished are their sons Tom (Josie) of Tucson, AZ, John (Diana) of Chambersburg, PA, Jim (Kimm) of Royal Oak, MI, and Tim (Kathy) of Howell, MI; three Grandchildren (Ben, Lorena, and Jenna).  He also is survived by his sister Betty Campbell of Kokomo, IN; sisters-in-law Lisa Reinert and Geraldine Reinert of Frankenmuth, and Marlene Keinath of Rochester Hills; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

Elmer was born at home at the Reinert family homestead in Birch Run Township to Herman and Emma Reinert.   He attended St. Lorenz Lutheran School, where he graduated 75 years ago and was confirmed into the church on Palm Sunday in 1942.  He was a lifelong member of St Lorenz Lutheran Church.  His faith in God and love of family and country were at the center of his life. 

Near the end of World War II, Elmer proudly enlisted in the US Army and served honorably for two years at Ft Sill, Oklahoma, where he earned the rank of Corporal.  He was a patriot, and joined the American Legion in 1966 to honor those who served, and has been an active Legion member ever since.   Elmer supported the Boy Scouts of America as a leader and mentor.

On September 26, 1959, he married Lorine Keinath.  Together they lived their entire life in Frankenmuth, focusing on their family and raised four sons while emphasizing education and service. 

Elmer’s passions also included gardening and raising beautiful flowers, playing cards, physical workouts, and traveling.  Elmer was previously employed by General Motors Steering Gear, and retired in 1989 with over 33 years of employment.  With his strong work ethic, he never fully retired from a life of work, as he continued working part-time in transportation services for the Frankenmuth School District, Zehnder’s Hotel, and Independence Village.   He enjoyed his retirement, visiting all 50 states and taking multiple trips abroad.

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents Herman and Emma (Schiefer) Reinert, brothers Richard Reinert, Henry Reinert and Edward Reinert, and sisters Dorothy Keinath and Selma Haubenstricker, and brothers-in-law Richard Keinath, Ottomar Keinath, John Campbell, Walter Haubenstricker and Fred Keinath; and sister-in-law Bonnie Reinert.

In memory of Elmer, his family asks you to say a prayer and reflect on a special moment you shared with Elmer….and then smile. 

Funeral services will take place on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:15 a.m. at Cederberg Funeral Home of Frankenmuth, 590 N. Franklin St. and 11:00 a.m. at St. Lorenz Lutheran Church.  Rev Shawn Fenske will officiate with burial between services in St. Lorenz Lutheran Cemetery.  Elmer’s family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the St. Lorenz Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. 

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