20 August 2010

Joseph Michael Reinsch

1912 — 1983


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Joseph Michael Reinsch was born to Emil and Agnes Steffgen Reinsch on October 18, 1912, at Geneva and passed away on September 20, 1983, at the Fillmore County Hospital, Geneva, at the age of 70 years, 11 months and two days.  He was one of three children in the family.

Joe was a lifelong resident of Geneva and attended school at District 46, south of Geneva.

He farmed south of Geneva until 1945 and then moved to the current farm one-half mile east of Geneva.

Joe was married to Lavina Weis of Geneva on June 18, 1940, and to them five children were born.

Joe was a past member of Exeter Feeders and a current member of the board of directors for Knights of Columbus.  He was a former president and board member for Farm Bureau.

Joe enjoyed working his vegetable garden and raising his flowers, in particular his roses.  He worked with all his children in 4-H and led the 4-H club for several years.  He contributed many hours of work to the planning and landscaping of the Catholic Cemetery Addition.

He will be missed by his family and friends.  His lifetime enjoyment was his love for the land and watching his crops grow.

Joe was preceded in death by parents, Emil and Agnes Steffgen Reinsch and a brother, Ernest Reinsch.

He is survived by the following: his wife, Lavina Reinsch; sons, Howard of Sioux City, Ia., Robert of Hastings, John of Lincoln, James of Geneva; a daughter, Mary Fessler of Waverly; a sister, Helen Biegert of Geneva; and by 11 grandchildren.

Services were held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Geneva, on September 23, with interment in the St. Joseph Catholic cemetery.

Organist was Carol Prater and vocalist was Pat O'Brien, who sang "Prayer of St. Frances."

Pallbearers were Steve Biegert, John O'Brien, Thomas E. Biegert, Dean Reinsch, Jerry Engle and Richard Weis.

Farmer and Son Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Source: The Nebraska Signal, of Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska; September 1983 [no day provided]. This transcription and citation were provided by Jane Michel.

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