Esther Martha Reinhold, 96, of Monterey, IN went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 6, 2021. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loyal canine companion, Zeba. Esther was born on March 12, 1925 in Chicago, IL to the late Peter and Eva [Sturm] Mack who were of Lithuanian descent. Esther was very proud of her heritage. She graduated from Monterey High School in 1942. Esther married her high school sweetheart, Valentine F. “Junior” Reinhold, Jr., on September 23, 1944. Throughout their lives, they were inseparable, until Junior passed away on April 13, 2016. Now they dance the streets of gold together.
Esther was a longtime member of the Monterey United Methodist Church and was very active in her younger years. She was also a member of the American Milk Producers, Inc. and enjoyed attending the National Dairy Convention in Madison, WI with Junior. Esther especially enjoyed crocheting and coloring. She was an avid collector of chicken, cow, rabbit, Santa, and nut cracker trinkets and figurines.
Esther was a city girl turned farm wife, and she loved every minute of it. She was a hard worker and had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. Esther’s first job was as a courier in downtown Chicago. She worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and Culver Military Academy. Esther was the first female school bus driver for Culver Community Schools. Her greatest achievement was her family whom she loved very much, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Esther will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by:
Christine Earp, Monterey, IN Daughter
Valentine F. “Fred” (Elaine) Reinhold III, Monterey, IN Son
Ronald (Kelly) Reinhold, Grandson
Jacob (Amy) Koepkey, Grandson
Ross (Nicole) Earp, Grandson
Allison (Randy Kopka) Earp, Granddaughter
Brian (Susan) Hessong, Grandson
Scott (Sydny) Hessong, Grandson
Rhonda Reinhold, Granddaughter-in-law
Austin (Ali) Reinhold, Great Grandson
Scottlyne Reinhold, Great Granddaughter
Darian (fiancé: Charles) Reinhold, Great Granddaughter
Reilly Reinhold, Great Granddaughter
Logan Koepkey, Great Grandson
Griffin Koepkey, Great Grandson
Madelyn Koepkey, Great Granddaughter
Sawyer Koepkey, Great Grandson
Maci Earp, Great Granddaughter
Maddison Earp, Great Granddaughter
Esther Earp-Kopka, Great Granddaughter
Michael Demonja, Great Grandson
Anthony Demonja, Great Grandson
Herbert Hessong, Great Grandson
Kenneth Hessong, Great Grandson
Amelia Hessong, Great Granddaughter
Stephanie Hessong, Great Granddaughter
Shaynah Hessong, Great Granddaughter
Judith (Howard) Carlisle, Sister-in-law
Byron (Nancy) Reinhold, Brother-in-law
David (Vivian) Reinhold, Brother-in-law
Many Nieces and Nephews
Preceded in death by:
Peter and Eva [Sturm] Mack, Parents
Valentine F. “Junior” Reinhold, Jr., Husband
Kenneth (Karen) Reinhold, Son
Richard Earp, Son-in-law
Robert “Robbie” Reinhold, Grandson
Emily (Dick) Urban, Sister
Mary (Charles) Teichman, Sister
Anne (Albert) Kimrey, Sister
1 Infant Brother
Visitation will be from 11 AM – 2 PM EDT Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.
Funeral Services will be held at 2 PM EDT Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN with Rev. Nancy Foster officiating.
Burial will take place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac, IN.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Monterey United Methodist Church, ALS Foundation, or Alzheimer’s Association.
Online Tributes may be offered at www.frainmortuary.com.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac, IN.