Theresa Mary Reiniger

Theresa Mary Reiniger

Theresa Mary Reiniger age 89, of Sleepy Eye died on Aug. 9, 2018, at Divine Providence Community Home in Sleepy Eye.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Aug. 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Monday from 7:30 until 10 a.m. at the Sturm Funeral Home, Sleepy Eye Chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Sleepy Eye, on Monday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. The clergy will be Msgr. Eugene Lozinski. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Sleepy Eye.

Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in Sleepy Eye. On line condolences may be left for the family at

Theresa (Sellner) Reiniger was born Jan 9, 1929 to Otto Sr. and Theresa (Bruckbauer) on the Sellner farm south of Sleepy Eye. Theresa graduated from Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s High School. Following graduation, she worked on the family farm and helped her siblings by nannying for them until she was united in marriage to John Reiniger on October 15, 1952. When John was in basic training Theresa nannied for Colonel Griffith. John and Theresa lived in Texas while John was stationed there. They returned to Minnesota to raise their family on the Reiniger family farm in Stark township. Theresa worked along side John on their dairy farm. Theresa loved to cook, bake, collect recipes and work outside in her gardens. She loved to rake in the fall, sending smoke billowing from the leaf piles! Theresa enjoyed babysitting her nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, grandchildren and neighborhood children. She had a strong faith and a special love of the Blessed Mother. She encouraged prayer, before meals, while driving, in the evening and any stressful time was the right time to pray the rosary daily. She was kind and caring to everyone, when you were welcomed by her you became family. John passed away in 1980 and Theresa continued to live on the farm. She enjoyed working at Del Monte, volunteering at Next Tu New, cleaning church, leading the rosary, perpetual adoration and helping with CCW events. She moved to her home in Sleepy Eye in 1999 then in September of 2017 she moved to Divine Providence Community Home.

Theresa was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son John Jr. and stillborn baby girl, Mary. Also, by her son-in-law John Heilman III; grandchildren Brandy Reiniger and Johnathan Reiniger; siblings Walter (Mathilda) (Harriet) Sellner, Norbert (Leona) Sellner, Otto Jr. Sellner, Rose (John) Schmidt, Clarie (Walter) Mecklenburg, Esther (Evan) Vasey, Mary (Frank) Eichberger, Cecelia (Tom) Schwartz, Veronica (Francis) Dauer; brother-in-law Leonard Fischer, sister-in-law Mary (Alfred) Mathiowetz and brother-in-law Joseph Reiniger. She is survived by her sister Bernice Fischer and sister-in-law Delores Sellner; children Ann (Dave) Hansvick, Greg (Cheryl) Reiniger, Cathy Heilman, Sue (Dennis) Haberland, David Reiniger, Terry (Doug) Schottle, Dan (Karlynne) Reiniger, Nancy (Dave) Reed, Bill (Fiancée Laura Seys) Reiniger; grandchildren Erik (Miranda) Hansvick, Sarah (Craig) Sanderson, Matt (Melissa) Hansvick, Chris (special friend Erin Wilmes) Reiniger, Jeff (special friend Rachel Mertz) Reiniger, Tim (Rosie) Reiniger, Christina (Austin) Geiger, Melissa Heilman, John Heilman IV, Scott Haberland, Kyle (special friend Alexandre Marine) Reiniger, Bria (fiancé Matthew Ostrowski) Reiniger, Mark Schottle, Alex Schottle, Amanda (special friend Tim Kral) Schottle, Tami (fiancé Rob Swisher) Tauer, Stephen Tauer, Billy Griffith, Jenny Reiniger, Andrew (Andrea) Reed, Cassandra (Alvaro) Chavez, Amber Reed, Amanda Landgren, Becca Howard, Kaylee Witts, Shane Witts; great-grandchildren Andie, Isaac & Caleb; Tucker & Harper; Cayden; Taegen, Nolyn, Alexa & Griffin; Alena; William; Nolan & Ava; Belia, Samuel, Athanasius & Leo; Reina, and many nephews and nieces whom she loved.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye or Divine Providence Community Home.