Date of Birth: October 17, 1924
Date of Death: October 10, 2015
REINSON – It is with great sadness that the family of Helen Margaret Reinson (nee Smith) announces her passing at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville, SK on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 at the great age of 90.
Helen was born on her father’s farm, north and east of Birmingham, on Oct. 17, 1924. Her ability to train cats to pull a cardboard wagon, play ball for the Dawn and Success Schools and help out with farming were all great loves of her life. She belonged to the Red Cross during the Second World War and sent many a care package overseas.
She married Martin, her partner for 61 years, on Nov.10, 1947. Together they farmed the
original Reinson homestead until 1998 when they moved into Melville. Bowling, dancing and going for coffee were now their main activities. Still cheering for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays and the odd Millionaires hockey game provided much joy in her life. By far her favourite activity was playing cards. Magically beating all generations consistently was not unheard of, no matter whose rules you were playing by. She enjoyed travelling to Europe and throughout Canada to wherever their son was stationed or grandchildren lived.
Helen was dearly loved for her coffee, donuts and apple pie. You never left hungry, and heaven forbid if you went by and never stopped in.
Helen was predeceased by her parents Charles and Ruth (nee Runquist) Smith; her husband, Martin; and her brother, Lloyd Smith.
She is survived by her son, Wayne (Linda) of Melville; granddaughter, Wendy and great-grandson, Mitchell Kerr of Banff, AB, great-grandson, Greggory (Janelle) Reinson, and great-great-grandson Bentley Reinson of Claresholm AB; granddaughter, Jennifer (Ben), great-grandsons, Jack and James, and great-granddaughter, Ella Margaret Painter of Calgary, AB; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Having touched so many lives, Helen will be dearly missed by her family and all who knew her. While she may be gone, she is forever loved and never forgotten. She may not have heard you or remembered your name, but you were always loved.
The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Paul Lutheran Home, especially those of Academy Road, for the compassion and loving care they showed for Helen. She did truly love you all for what you did for her. Wayne, Linda and family thank you all so very much!
Helen Reinson’s funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Melville, with the Rev. Doug Schmirler officiating. The organist, Nora Cochrane, led in the hymns, “How Great Thou Art,” “Church in the Wildwood” and “Amazing Grace.” The scriptures were read by Ben Painter and Donna Coper, and as tribute to Helen’s life, the eulogies were presented by her grandchildren, Wendy Kerr and Jennifer Painter, and her son, Wayne Reinson. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Robert G. Combe V.C. Branch #61, Melville, paid tribute to Helen and formed an honour guard.
Interment took place in the Melville City Cemetery with Bill Barber, Ben Painter, Mitchell Kerr, Morris Feduk, Aaron Reinson and Kelly Reinson acting as
Arrangements were entrusted to Matthews Funeral Home, Melville.