Willetta “Willie” Reindl


April 10, 2019 — Willetta “Willie” Reindl, 93, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Eagle, Idaho, where she had lived in assisted care with her husband Bob since 2016.

Bob preceded her in death at age 94, Dec. 24, 2017, at the VA Hospital in Boise.

As long-time Florence residents, it was their wish to be returned to their home town after both had passed, to be buried together next to their son, Melvin, at the Pacific Sunset Cemetery (see date of Memorial and Life Celebration below).

Born in Florence in April 1925, Willie was the youngest of four children born to Henry and Flossie Huntington. After graduating high school in 1943, Willie attended Eugene Business College, subsequently working as a clerk for Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene, Moffit Field Air Base in the Bay area and Crown Zellerbach near Gardiner, Ore.

In early 1945, Willie returned to Oregon and, in April, she began dating Bob who was home on leave from the Navy during WWII. Eleven days later they married on April 15 and that union would last nearly 73 years.

Bob was still on active duty at the end of WWII, so Willie moved twice to the East Coast to live near his bases in Portland, Maine, and Norfolk, Va. They returned to Florence in late 1948.

Willie was a very devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend and neighbor,  and her smile was ever-present! She had a passion for gardening and was an outstanding seamstress, which led to her teaching 4H Club sewing classes.

When they moved to Hebo, Ore., with Bob’s career in the forest service, Willie took up toll painting, which led to her love of Norwegian Rosemaling. She would continue painting and sewing for many more years until Parkinson’s Disease stole her ability to do either.

Willie and Bob loved the outdoors — hiking, fishing, camping and RVing with friends, touring the west, parts of Canada and Mexico.

At retirement, Willie wanted to leave the coastal climate so they found their new home in Dallas, Ore., in the Willamette Valley.

They continued RVing many more years and spent many winters in southern Ariz. They were active members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Florence, Tillamook and Dallas, Ore.

Willie is survived by their two children: Susann (and Kim) of Ecklund, Idaho, and Phil Reindl; Phil’s two children: Heidi (and Mike) Harper, of North Carolina, and Andy Reindl, with the USAF in Ramstein, Germany.

A celebration of two lives well lived will be held Saturday, June 8, in Florence, at New Life Lutheran Church beginning at 10:30 a.m.  This will be followed at 11:30 a.m. by a Military Honors Burial at Pacific Sunset Cemetery.

A catered lunch and life celebration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Florence Event Center.

Anyone planning to attend is asked to RSVP by May 24 to [email protected] and list how many in your party.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson’s Association (www.parkinson.org/ways-to-give) or American Heart Association (www.heart.org/en/get-involved/ways-to-give ) can be made in memory of Willie Reindl or Bob Reindl.

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