Esther Martha Reinhold

March 12, 1925 — Oct. 6, 2021

Esther Martha Reinhold, 96, of Monterey, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 6. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and loyal canine companion, Zeba. 

Esther was born on March 12, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late Peter and Eva (Sturm) Mack who were of Lithuanian descent. Esther was very proud of her heritage. She graduated from Monterey High School in 1942. Esther married her high school sweetheart, Valentine F. “Junior” Reinhold Jr., on Sept. 23, 1944. Throughout their lives, they were inseparable, until Junior passed away on April 13, 2016. Now they dance the streets of gold together.

Esther was a longtime member of the Monterey United Methodist Church and was very active in her younger years. She was also a member of the American Milk Producers Inc. and enjoyed attending the National Dairy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin, with Junior. Esther especially enjoyed crocheting and coloring. She was an avid collector of chicken, cow, rabbit, Santa, and nut cracker trinkets and figurines.

Esther was a city girl turned farm wife, and she loved every minute of it. She was a hard worker and had a variety of jobs throughout her lifetime. Esther’s first job was as a courier in downtown Chicago. She worked at Kingsbury Ordinance Plant and Culver Military Academy. Esther was the first female school bus driver for Culver Community Schools. Her greatest achievement was her family whom she loved very much, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Esther will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her daughter Christine Earp, of Monterey; son Valentine F. “Fred” [Elaine] Reinhold III of Monterey; grandsons: Ronald [Kelly] Reinhold, Jacob [Amy] Koepkey, Ross [Nicole] Earp, Brian [Susan] Hessong and Scott [Sydny] Hessong; granddaughter Allison [Randy Kopka] Earp; granddaughter-in-law Rhonda Reinhold; great-grandsons: Austin [Ali] Reinhold, Logan Koepkey, Griffin Koepkey, Sawyer Koepkey, Michael Demonja, Anthony Demonja, Herbert Hessong, and Kenneth Hessong; great-granddaughters: Scottlyne Reinhold, Darian [fiancé: Charles] Reinhold, Reilly Reinhold, Madelyn Koepkey, Maci Earp, Maddison Earp, Esther Earp-Kopka, Amelia Hessong, Stephanie Hessong, and Shaynah Hessong; sister-in-law Judith [Howard] Carlisle; brothers-in-law: Byron [Nancy] Reinhold and David [Vivian] Reinhold; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents: Peter and Eva (Sturm) Mack; husband Valentine F. “Junior” Reinhold Jr.; son Kenneth [Karen] Reinhold; son-in-law Richard Earp; grandson Robert “Robbie” Reinhold; sisters: Emily [Dick] Urban, Mary [Charles] Teichman, and Annie [Albert] Kimmery; and one infant brother. 

Visitation was from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at Frain Mortuary in Winamac with Rev. Nancy Foster officiating.

Burial took place at Winamac Cemetery (McKinley Addition) in Winamac.

Memorial contributions may be made to Monterey United Methodist Church, ALS Foundation, or Alzheimer’s Association.

Online tributes may be offered at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary in Winamac. 

(Pulaski County Journal — Oct. 13, 2021)

Pulaski County Journal

114 W. Main Street
Winamac, IN 46996

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