Jeanne Reineke

Graveside Service

2:30 pm
Friday, August 10, 2018
Frederick Loescher Veteran Cemetery
Brick Church Rd., <no data>
New Hempstead, New Jersey, United States
(201) 262-2722

In Lieu of Flowers, Donations may be made in Jeanne's name to:

United Hospice of Rockland 11 Stokum Lane New City, NY 10956

Obituary of Jeanne M. Reineke

Jeanne M. Reineke was born May 13, 1924, in Glendale, Queens, the daughter of Matthew Heinen and Emilie Lowe.  She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1942, and went to work for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. as a keypunch operator.  Although she enjoyed her job at Metropolitan, her passion was for sewing.  She was an accomplished seamstress, making everything from tailored suits to curtains and upholstery.


In August 1944 she married her love since age 13, Edward Reineke.  They bought a house in Forest Hills, NY and started a family.  In 1966, they moved to West Nyack, where she lived happily for the rest of her life.  She was a lifelong congregant in the Lutheran Church,  belonging to St. Paul’s in New City and later to Good Shepherd in Pearl River. She loved traveling throughout the United States and especially enjoyed camping trips with the family.  She also loved reading and history, and learned to print Braille so that she could print books for the blind.


Once in Rockland, she worked at Rockland Frozen Food and Daley Tires; however, her talent at sewing eventually led her to the position of head sewing teacher at Singer Sewing Center in the Nanuet Mall.  Eventually she left Singer to start her own Sewing Instruction business, Sew Great.  Over the years she taught hundreds of students, many of whom remained friends long after their lessons ended.  She worked at Sew Great until 2009, when she retired at the age of 88.


Jeanne was predeceased by her beloved husband Edward in 2016; she is survived by son Robert (Patricia) Reineke of Wyckoff, NJ and daughter Valarie (Allen) Heinlein of West Nyack.  She is also survived by her grandchildren Aja Heinlein, Edward Reineke, and Katherine (Andrew) Rohe, and her great-granddaughters Mia Reineke, Lily Rohe, and Savannah Jeanne Rohe.


Jeanne was proud of her family and enjoyed family gatherings and visits with her friends.  She loved her country and her community and voted in every election—national and local—since she first registered to vote. Once housebound, she made sure to register for absentee ballots and looked forward to making her voice heard on the issues.


A graveside service will be held Friday, August 10 at 2:30 pm at the Frederick Loescher Veterans Cemetery; the family will receive visitors at home after the ceremony.  They ask that donations be made in her honor to United Hospice of Rockland or the Nature Conservancy.

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