Lena Mae Reinbold (1920-2009)

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Lena Mae Reinbold Absher Gerrie
Born: 17 May 1920 of Reist, Alberta, Canada
Died: 10 Apr 2009 Traverse City, Michigan
Father: James J. Reinbold
Mother: Leah Reist
Siblings: Warren Melvin Reinbold
Elsie Irene Reinbold
Sidney Dennis Reinbold
Lena Mae Reinbold
Anna Leona Reinbold
Spouse: Thomas A. Absher
Married: 1939 Oregon
Children: Valerie Jean Absher
Spouse: Revilo K. Gerrie


Petoskey News-Review, Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Lena M. (Absher) Gerrie

Lena M. (Absher) Gerrie, died peacefully on Good Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Grand Traverse Pavilions, surrounded by her family.

Lena was born May 17, 1920, in Alberta, Canada, to James Reinbold and Leah (Reist) Reinbold. Her family moved to Oregon when she was a child. She graduated from Willamina High School as valedictorian of her class.

In Oregon, Lena met Thomas A. Absher, and they were married in 1939. Tom and Lena had one daughter, Valerie.

The family relocated to Mountain Grove, Mo., where they bought a farm and worked alongside Tom's family. In addition to her work on the farm, Lena worked as a bookkeeper for the Brown Shoe Co. In 1961, they moved to Northern Michigan and built the Dairy Queen in Boyne City, which they owned for several years.

After Tom's death in 1971, Lena married Revilo K. Gerrie ("Revo") in 1973. She was blessed with two wonderful stepchildren, Judy K. Bryant and Jack C. Gerrie. After they married, Lena retired from her job as a bookkeeper at Courter Products, and they enjoyed many years together traveling, spending winters in Florida, and caring for family.

After Revo's death in 1992, Lena moved to Traverse City to be closer to her daughters.

She was a talented musician, and a wonderful singer. It was hard to believe such a big voice could come from such a little woman. She played piano, the organ, directed and sang in the choir at the Boyne City United Methodist Church, and sang at many weddings.

Lena loved to knit, and for many years every great-grandchild was presented with a blanket, hat and booties. She also enjoyed bowling, competing in leagues with her friends at the Boyne City Lanes. Her energy was amazing, and she was always ready to jump in and help her family and friends.

The past five years, Lena was a resident of the Grand Traverse Pavilions, where she was greatly loved, especially her winks.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Maple and Birch Pavilions for the wonderful loving care she received there.

Lena is survived by her daughters, Valerie J. (Martin) Cotanche, and Judy K. Bryant of Traverse City; daughter-in-law, Judy Ann Gerrie of Boyne City; grandchildren, Ian (Sheila) Bryant of Traverse City, Dane (Stacey) Bryant of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Robin Ann (Andy) Birdsall of Boyne City, Gail Gerrie of Boyne City; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Anna L. Wiley of Decatur, Ala., and Elsie Whitney of Port Angeles, Wash. Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Emma Reinbold of Pellston.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; two brothers, Sidney Reinbold and Warren Reinbold; her son, Jack C. Gerrie; and son-in-law, L. Robert Bryant.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Boyne City United Methodist Church with a gathering of family and friends from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Pastor Wayne McKenney will be officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Grand Traverse Pavilions, c/o Cottage Scholarship Fund, 1000 Pavilions Circle, Traverse City, Mich. 49684.

Share memories with the family at Lena's online guest book at www.legacy.com/record-eagle/.

The family is being served by the Stackus Funeral Home in Boyne City.