Melvin A. “Bitsy” Reinhart

Melvin A. “Bitsy” Reinhart

NEW ULM — Melvin A. “Bitsy” Reinhart, age 90, of New Ulm, died Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the New Ulm Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in New Ulm. Monsignor Douglas Grams will celebrate the Mass. Burial will follow in the New Ulm Catholic Cemetery, with full military honors provided by the Comrades of Valor Honor Guard.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, and continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Minnesota Valley Funeral Home-NORTH Chapel in New Ulm.

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Melvin is survived by his wife, Viola of New Ulm; his daughters, Carol (Glen) Schmid of New Ulm, Lois (Larry) Siem of St. James, Colleen (Darcey) Bauman of Mankato and Janet (Bob) Brunner of New Ulm; foster son, Carl (Mary Anne) Thedens of Sleepy Eye; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a sister, Marion Wendland of New Ulm; a brother, Edward (Carmen) Reinhart of New Ulm; two sisters-in-law, Sylvia “Blondie” Reinhart of Lafayette, and Rosemary Reinhart of Marshall; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Delores Reinhart; and two brothers, Harold and Jimmy Reinhart.

Melvin Alfred Reinhart was born on Sept. 10, 1926 in Courtland Township to Anton & Anna (Lamecker) Reinhart. He served in the U.S. Army during Korea from 1945-1946 until his honorable discharge. Melvin married Viola Hoffmann on Sept. 1, 1948 at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. He and Viola then farmed for 68 years in Courtland Township.

Melvin was a member of The Catholic Order of Foresters and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, doing crafts and woodworking, travelling, and watching sports, especially the Twins and Vikings. Melvin loved spending time with his family, his wife Viola, his four girls, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


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