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Margaret Ellen (Reamer) Rehwinkel

Born: Sun., Jul. 1, 1923
Died: Thu., Jan. 3, 2013


3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Thu., Jan. 10, 2013
Location: Hite Funeral Home

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Fri., Jan. 11, 2013
Location: St. John Lutheran Church

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Margaret Ellen Rehwinkel, age 89, died January 3rd at Parkview Regional Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Mrs. Rehwinkel was born in Kendallville to John and Anna Reamer on July 1, 1923.  Margaret attended St. John Lutheran School and graduated from Kendallville High School in 1941.  She married Alfred John Rehwinkel on June 15, 1947.

Margaret was a lifelong member of St. John Lutheran Church in Kendallville where she served as church secretary from 1941 to 1948.  She later served as a secretary at the Lutheran Home, at the Kendallville Youth Center and Big Brothers, Big Sisters program.  She served as chair women for St. John Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML).  She served as a zone secretary for LWML for 22 years, helped with mid week school and Vacation Bible School.  Margaret maintained St. John’s archives and chaired the church’s 125th anniversary committee.  She was instrumental in organizing funeral meals for church members and their families and was active in a weekly senior’s Bible study.  Along with Alfred, they delivered Meals on Wheels for 23 years.  For seven years she was an Avon representative.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Velma Manship and Dorothy Frehse, son Alan and husband Alfred. 

Margaret is survived by two daughters Vickie Smith (Reagan) of Kendallville, Kay Lester (Mike) of Bellevue, Washington and a son Mark (Holly) of Wichita, Kansas.  Margaret is also survived by a daughter-in-law, Margaret Rehwinkel (wife of Alan) of Dallas, Texas along with five grandchildren, Kyle (Heather) Smith, Korey (Amanda) Smith, Andrew Rehwinkel, Audrey Rehwinkel & Gil Rehwinkel.  Margaret had two great grandchildren, Laila Rehwinkel Moore and Bryson Smith.

Visitation will be held Thursday the 10th from 3 to 7pm at Hite Funeral Home in Kendallville.  The funeral service will be held at St. John Lutheran Church on Friday the 11th at 11am with Rev. Paul Griebel officiating. Graveside service will be held at Lakeview Cemetery following the funeral.   Preferred memorials are to St. John Lutheran Church or Hilda H. Rehwinkel Scholarship Fund made payable to Noble County Community Foundation, 1599 Lincolnway South, Ligonier IN 46767. Hite Funeral Home of Kendallville is handling the arrangements for the Rehwinkel family.  Send a condolence online at www.hitefuneralhome.com.

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Elizabeth Manship Torian
   Posted Sat January 05, 2013
Vickie, Mark, Kay and All the Rehwinkel family, May you be comforted by knowing Margaret has reunited with Alfred in the Kingdom of God. My blessed to join you in celebrating the wonderful life of her. Till than, LUV, Liz

Karl and Jo Housholder
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013


Peggy Edwards Musolff
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Sending Vicky and everyone my condolences. Living and growing up in the old neighborhood I have fond memories of Margaret. May God give you his peace and comfort you with memories of your own.


Gary and Becky Hite
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dearest Vickie and Reagan and Family,
Gary and I are so very, very sorry to hear of your beloved Mom's passing. We know how much your wonderful Mom and Dad meant to you all. Gary and I feel so blessed to have finally met your precious parents Vicki at Mom Hite's Calling back a few years ago and we remember so well their warm hugs and sincere love and kindness they showed us at that time. Vickie, your Precious Mom was such a kind and loving person, beautiful both in side and out and I know she will always hold a very special place in everyone's hearts who ever had the privilege of meeting her, I know she sure will in mine. Our condolences and most especially our thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this sad time !! Love to you all, Gary and Becky <3

Dave & Paula Smith
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Our condolences to the Rehwinkel family. Such a great strong family starts with wonderful parents, Alfred and Margaret led by example.

You're in our thoughts and prayers,
Dave and Paula (Baker) Smith

Anita Hess
   Posted Mon January 07, 2013
Dear Mark,Vickie, Kay and families, We are sad to be out of state and not back in time to come pay our respect to your dear mother. We loved chatting with her and your father after church on Sundays. Your mom always gave me a hug each Sunday. She was such a lovely, mighty fine gal. ( your dad always gave a hug too!). We will miss her as we have missed your dad. Our love goes with each of you at this sad time. May all your warm memories be of comfort to you now. It truly is a sad chapter but a glorious reunion in heaven we are sure! Love, Anita and Tim Hess

Michelle Fiandt Gillespie
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
To Kay: sorry for the loss of your mother. Thoughts are with you and your family.

Michael Minich
   Posted Tue January 08, 2013
I worked with Margaret on the Rehwinkel Scholarship Fund. She was one of the nicest ladies I have ever meant. She always had a kind word and a giving heart. Her and her husband Alfred always impressed me by their love for one another and their faith. They were true disciples, living and showing their faith by the way they lived their lives. Our prayers go out to their family, knowing loss is difficult, but knowing that they are in Heaven with our Lord and Savior is a blessing and celebration. May GOD continue to comfort and bless your family.

Gary and Pat Smith
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
It's only such a short journey for our loved ones that so eagerly put themselves into God's unfailing hands. To be sure our mothers are already singing the praises only heaven's glory can offer. What a blessing to know that they're all there and we shall be with them in the by and by. May God's comfort encircle you warmly with wonderful memories and love.

Luanne Kammerer [ McCarty]
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
I'm sorry for you lost but, Margaret is with God now.I sat with her in church we always gave each other a hug before we left. Margaret was the last person left in old neighborhood .She came to my moms viewing and showed me a picture , of my mom and Margaret together . My mother is Phyllis McCarty daughter of Flora and Ken Gehring . They were born same year . GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY Margaret will be missed.

Sally Witwer Stolz
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
To Kay, Mark and Vicki, as well as the whole family- I wish I could be there on Friday to be with all of you and to honor your precious mother. She was always so good to us when we spent all those wonderful hours at your house growing up. She was such an important part of the Kendallville community and gave so much of herself. She will be greatly missed. What a loss for all of us. I send you big hugs and my heartfelt condolences. With much love, Sally

Joann Grepke
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
Mark, Vickie, Kay and families,

I wish that I could be present to personally express my condolences and share what your mother meant to me, but Frank and I are in Florida for 7 more weeks.

I can imagine that the Lord is saying to Margaret, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Margaret was the first to know that her salvation was by grace alone. Confident of this she spent her life in service to God and others. She was a leader in many ways. In her later years her service was mostly behind the scenes such as making sure that a family facing a special crisis had meals for long as they needed or welcoming new comers by inviting them out for lunch. In regards to women’s ministry Margaret became my mentor and my encourager as I served at St John, and as I worked on my masters. I will forever cherish the times that I spent with her.

Bill and Sharon (Hovarter) Wilcox
   Posted Wed January 09, 2013
So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. We had just had a wonderful letter and card from her at Christmas, so were shocked when we read her obituary in the paper. Your Grandpa Reamer was my Grandmother Lucinda Reamer Hovarter's brother. I met your parents while doing genealogy research. They were so very sweet and kind in helping me gather family information and shared so many photos with me. I will be forever grateful to them for their kindness and the love they showed to us. We know how much she missed your dad. Now they will be together once again. May God be with all of you during this difficult time. Love to all, Sharon and Bill Wilcox

Roger Moses
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Vickie & Reagan - my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Sincerely - Roger

Dave and Michelle Walter
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
Mark, Holly, Audrey, Gil and Rehwinkel family, we are so sad to hear about the loss of your Mom. What a giving, devoted, christian woman. We love you. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Bob and Mary Esther Smith
   Posted Thu January 10, 2013
To Margaret's Family: We wish to express our deepest sympathy to all of you on the death of your Mother - she was a wonderful person and we enjoyed both her and your Dad's friendship. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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