Jakob Reinhardt


Jakob Reinhardt


 

Jakob Reinhardt, 84, of St. Joseph passed away on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 after a long and difficult battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 10 AM at St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 671 McAllister, Benton Harbor, with Pastor Jeffery Bolwerk officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Bluff Cemetery in Stevensville. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 5 PM until 8 PM at Starks and Menchinger Chapel and Cremations Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Matthew’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Jakob was born on February 2, 1931 in the Vohlhynian town of Bugryn, Poland to Eduard and Olga (Schroeder) Reinhardt.  He emigrated to Canada in 1951 with his family where he worked as a laborer in “the bush.” He married Anna Hoeft on April 16, 1955.  Seeking more opportunities for his family, they emigrated to Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1959, where he worked as a home builder and a machinist and became a citizen.  He retired in 1996 from PME Tool and Die. He and his wife are members of St. Matthews Lutheran Church.   Jakob was also a long-time member of the St. Joe Kickers Sports Club.  He loved playing cards, especially “skat.”  Jakob could fix or build just about anything and was generous with his help when others needed a hand.  He enjoyed spending time with his friends.  He especially loved his family and was very proud of his children and grandchildren.  He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.  The family is grateful for the care that Jakob received from Hospice at Home.

Jakob is survived by his wife, Anna; his son, Wilfred (Diane) Reinhardt of Bangor, and daughter, Ingrid (Forrest) Wenman of Toledo, OH; grandchildren, Nicholas (Rachel) and Keehan Reinhardt and Cassandra and Jakob Wenman; brothers, Albert (Hilda) Reinhardt and Heinrich (Else) Reinhardt; sisters, Sophie Kebel, and Erna (Alfred) Hasse; and numerous neices and nephews.  Jakob was preceded in death by his parents, Eduard and Olga.