Ethel Reinegger passed away on March 27th at the age of 97. She was a native of San Jose and is preceded in death by her cherished husband of 67 years, Glen G. Reinegger. She was a great inspiration to her family and friends.
Ethel graduated from San Jose High School and soon married the love of her life, Glen. They built a house in Willow Glen and started their family. Ethel became an excellent cook and a talented seamstress, making outfits through the decades for herself, daughter and granddaughters. She had an excellent sense of style. After building their second home in Willow Glen, Ethel became active in church activities and taught Sunday school. She typed reports for Glen when he attended UC Berkeley for his teaching degree. Later, Ethel became active in the ladies auxiliary for the Santa Clara Valley Horseless Carriage Club for many decades.
Ethel was a member and volunteer at History San Jose for 35 years, as a docent, and then with Portraits of the Past. She participated in numerous historical vignette presentations, always looking lovely in her antique clothes and beautiful hats. She also worked on the scripts and handled the contracts. As an advocate for local history, Ethel was also a long-time member of the California Pioneers of Santa Clara County and Preservation Action Council of San Jose. She enjoyed writing her memoirs about local memories and stories.
Ethel loved reading her daily newspaper, was well-informed on current events and enjoyed discussions in the News & Views class.
A beloved mother, she is survived by daughter Gayle Frank and husband Robb Moore, and son Keith Reinegger and wife Karyn Neujahr, all of San Jose. She also leaves eight loving grandchildren, Erin Minor, Kerry Hanson (& Ron), Trisha Berard (& Steve), of Seattle, and Greg Annable (& May), Larisa Frederick (& James), and Kailey Reinegger of San Jose. Ethel is also survived by six dear-to-her-heart great-grandchildren, Noah and Sophia Minor, Cal Hansen, Jack and Luke Berard, all of Seattle, and Liana Annable of San Jose.
There is comfort in knowing that Ethel is at peace, but this great, kind lady will be deeply missed by all of her loved ones. A celebration of Ethel’s life will be held on April 21st