Lavina Clara (Weis) Reinsch
1915 — 2005
Lavina Clara (Weis) Reinsch was born to John R. Weis and Margaret E. Jungers on Feb. 9, 1915 at Geneva and passed away on May 26, 2005 at Fillmore County Hospital in Geneva at the age of 90 years, three months and 17 days. She was one of eight children in the family.
Lavina was a lifelong resident of Geneva. She graduated from Geneva High School in 1933.
Lavina was married to Joseph M. Reinsch on June 18, 1940 and to them five children were born. Joe and Lavina farmed south of Geneva until 1945 and then moved to the current farm one-half mile east of Geneva.
Lavina was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Altar Society. She donated her crocheted afghans to the St. Joseph Catholic church. She has sewn and donated hundreds of quilts for Catholic charities for the needy and homeless for numerous years.
Lavina was employed by the Geneva High School in the cafeteria for 31 years. She enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She volunteered her time to 4-H clubs for several years.
Lavina will be missed by many. Her lifelong dedication to family and church charities will be long remembered.
Lavina was preceded in death by Joseph M. Reinsch, husband of Geneva; Brian L. Reinsch, grandson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Jason M. Reinsch, grandson, McCook; Joseph Weis, brother, Portland, Ore.; Sylvester Weis, brother, Geneva; Mildred Hayen, sister, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
She is survived by Howard and Barb Reinsch, son and daughter-in-law, Sioux City, Iowa; Robert and Harriet Reinsch, son and daughter-in-law, Hastings; John and Naomi Reinsch, son and daughter-in-law, Lincoln; Jim and Sherri Reinsch, son and daughter-in-law, Geneva; Mary and Jim Fessler, daughter and son-in-law, Waverly; Mary O'Brien, sister, Geneva; Helen Engel, sister, Geneva; Francis Weis, brother, Salem, Ore.; and by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Thomas McGuire saying mass.
Organist Mary Ann Najmon led the congregation in the following hymns "Here I am Lord," "Prayer of St. Francis," "Precious Lord-Lead Me Home," "Mother Dearest" was sung by soloist Jessica Burgess.
Pallbearers were Aaron J. Reinsch, Matthew F. Reinsch, Marc Reinsch, Brent Reinsch, Derek Reinsch, Curtis J. Fessler, Kyle J. Fessler and Chris Usserman.
Honorary pallbearers were Susan Jo Krook, Jami Jo Reinsch, Kali Reinsch, Krystal Fessler, Lisa Usserman, Brian L. Reinsch (deceased) Jason M. Reinsch (deceased) and Paul McAtee.
Source: The Nebraska Signal, of Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska; June 2005 [no day provided]. This transcription and citation were provided by Jane Michel.