I was her caregiver and there were days that I was frustrated and at my wits end but I would not change anything.
Helen Bird Reinhardt 82 of Pinckneyville, passed from this world at 11:20 am on Monday, December 9, 2013 at the Pinckneyville Health Care Center. She was born on March 9, 1931 in Perry County, Illinois, the daughter of Herbert and Angelina (Ruffino) Bird. She married Harvey F. Reinhardt on September 24, 1950. He passed away on September 28, 1974.
Left to mourn her passing is her son; Herbert A. Reinhardt of Pinckneyville, and two daughters; Donna (Daryl) Cashion of DuQuoin and Kimberly D. Reinhardt of Pinckneyville. A brother, Erwin Edward “Butch” Bird and Barbara Weslen. Four Grandchildren; Darnell (Amy) Cashion of DuQuoin, Rebecca (Jason) Thompson of Mt. Vernon, John F. Reinhardt and his companion, Poppi of Pinckneyville, Daniel (Lauren) Cashion of DuQuoin. Seven great grandchildren; Lindsay Cashion of DuQuoin, Tehya Thompson of Mt. Vernon, Drayke, Karah and Mallory Cashion of DuQuoin, Hannah and Mia Thompson of Mt. Vernon.
Her parents, Husband Harvey, a sister Eleanor Lunneman and two Brother's in law, Leroy Lunneman and James Weslen preceded her in Death.
Helen was a lifelong resident of Pinckneyville. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ and active member of the Women's Guild. She worked at the Pinckneyville Community Hospital in Housekeeping and Laundry. She also worked at Pinckneyville Health Care Center in the kitchen, laundry and activities until her retirement.
She loved her family and her grandchildren. And they loved her and will miss her dearly. And they all swear she made the best Chicken and dumplings and potato salad!
Mrs. Reinhardt was cremated. She will be laid to rest next to her husband at Mueller Hill Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial service will be held at St. Paul's United Church Christ on January 4th, 2014 at 11am.
The family would like to thank those at Pinckneyville Health Care Center for their care and their love they expressed for their mother in her last days.