Reinard, Kathleen M.


Kathleen M. Reinard, 89, formerly of Sigel, went to her heavenly home Friday, May 1, 2015. She was the surviving spouse of Rev. James L. Reinard. 

Katie was born Aug. 15, 1925, in Heath Township, Jefferson County, the youngest of seven children of  Oren Butterfield McKendree and Alma Rose Hidinger.

Katie attended early education at the one-room school above Heath Station and then graduated from Brookville High School in 1943.

After the end of World War II, she wed the boy next door, who she had met at the age of seven. She married James L. Reinard on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 27, 1947. Her best friend and soul mate, Jim, who preceded her in death on Nov 25, 2014. They were married 67 years.

She is survived by three children, Candice K. (Maxx) Hunter, James R. (Vicki) Reinard and Thomas E. (Barb) Reinard. Along with them are six grandchildren and soon to be 14 great-grandchildren.

Katie was preceded in death by her parents and six siblings: Gladys McKendree, David McKendree (infant), Evelyn Painter, Twila McKendree, Merton McKendree and Clair McKendree.

Katie was first a wonderful mother, grandmother and homemaker. She loved the Lord and guided her children accordingly.

In the early 1970s, her husband became a Methodist minister and she in turn became a pastor's wife. She always commented on how greatly she enjoyed being in that role of support to his ministry and her involvement with the many church family members she came to know and love and with the church activities she assisted. Although her vision was failing her, she continued to read her Bible and devotionals daily.

After retirement Katie and Jim spent their fall and winter in Virginia, and then in Florida for many years, making new close friends wherever they settled. They returned to Pennsylvania to stay in the spring of 2014. She is dearly remembered by her family and friends.

Friends and family were received at McKinney Funeral Home in Brookville, where a funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 5, with the Rev. Henry Scoff officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Brookville Church of God Building Fund or the Salvation Army