OBITUARY

Ruth Ann Girton Rinehart

March 10, 1942November 13, 2016

Ruth Ann Rinehart, 74, of Evansville, is at home with her Lord and Savior and those who grieve her loss know she is at rest and at peace. She passed away Sunday, November 13, 2016, along with her son, David Rinehart, and granddaughter, Sophie Rinehart. She was born March 10, 1942, in Evansville, to the late Warren and Ruth Girton.

She was an active member of Crossroads Christian Church, participating in Crossroads Choir, Prime Time Senior Ministry, and Bible study group. She was also a member of NEA, ISTA, ETA, Phi Mu Alpha Sorority, SAI Music Fraternity, and neighborhood bridge club. Ruth Ann was also an accompanist at several area churches, a member of the YWCA board of directors, and actively supported the Evansville Rescue Mission. She was a vocal music teacher for EVSC, teaching at Harper and Dexter Elementary Schools. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Evansville College in 1964 and her Master of Arts in Music Education in 1968 from Indiana State University. She was an avid reader, gave private piano lessons, loved everything related to her family, and was the consummate grandmother. She instilled the love of music and the arts, not only to her children but to countless others.

Ruth Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Ruth Girton; mother and father-in-law, Cecil and Emily Rinehart; and brother-in-law, Richard Rinehart.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gary Rinehart; son, Shawn (Hannah) Rinehart; daughter, Sara (Chad) Rinehart McAtee; daughter-in-law, Lucinda Rinehart; grandchildren, Tatem, Jonas, and Scarlett Rinehart, Ellison, Ayden, and Adler McAtee, Josie and Rylie Rinehart; brother, David Girton; sisters-in-law, Kathy Rinehart, Jan McCollum, and Kathy Hansen; brother-in-law, Lonnie Hansen; nieces and nephew, Megan Malchioni, Haley Girton, Katie Brucks, Christopher Hansen, Kristin Laszlo, Jenny and David Rinehart.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Thursday, November 17, 2016, at Crossroads Christian Church, officiated by Pastor Ken Idleman and Pastor Todd Bussey, with private burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may visit Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and Thursday from 10:00 AM until service time at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the David and Sophie Rinehart Memorial Fund at any Fifth Third Bank location. Condolences may be made online at www.AlexanderEastChapel.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

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November 30, 2016

It was with a saddened heart that I just yesterday read of the terrible accident that claimed the lives of Ruth Ann and David and his daughter.

So many memories of the Rineharts and Girtons at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church during those years we all hung out together welcoming our children into the world. God has now seen fit to allow three more to enter into His Kingdom.

Please accept our heart-felt prayers and condolences. Words can err express all that has transpired. May God hold you in the palm of His hand can comfort you.

Paul, Sharon, Brandon, Maisie & Nathan Sluder
Jacksonville, FL

November 18, 2016

Mr. Rinehart and family,
We are so sorry to hear of your devastating loss, and extend our condolences to you all. Knowing that they knew Jesus and are now in His arms is a comfort that surpasses our earthly understanding. Our prayers continue for your family.
Julie, Cari, Sonya & Bill Lawton

Marc Fitzgerald

November 18, 2016

Sara,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Gary & Barbara Lehr

November 17, 2016

Gary & Rinehart family - we were so sorry to hear of your terrible loss.... May you always remember the good times during the coming days and they will bring you comfort.... May our Heavenly Father wrap His loving arms around each of you and bring you Peace that passes all understanding ... We remember Ruth Ann and David from our Oak Hill Presbyterian Church family...and you Gary teaching our daughters at Vogel.... All our Love & Prayers - Gary & Barbara

Matt Potter

November 17, 2016

Gary, Lucinda, Shawn, and Sara; I'm so sorry for your loss. I hope time will provide peace for you.

Matt Potter

November 17, 2016

Gary, Lucinda, Shawn, and Sara; I am so sorry for your loss. I hope time will provide peace for you.

John Scheer

November 17, 2016

Sorry for your family's loss. Ruth Ann's mother, Ruth Girton was a senior aide at my library, Willard Library back in the '90's, and Ruth Ann would come by for her mother on occasion. May it comfort you to know that we share your grief, and that the lord also is there in our time of need.
John Scheer
Willard Library

Cara Kulenkamp-Shreve

November 17, 2016

Mrs. Rinehart taught me to play the piano. She stuck with me once a week for seven years. Her love of hymns and Christmas music always stuck with me. Thank you. Praying for family.

Pam Blessing

November 17, 2016

Gary, my deepest sympathy and prayers for you and your family at this time of unbelievable loss. I remember so well the support you and Ruth Ann provided to our children as they performed together and grew into such talented young adults. May God comfort all of you and give you peace in the days ahead. Prayers from an old friend....

Amy Sowders

November 16, 2016

May our Heavenly Father envelop the Rinehart family in His loving arms as only He can. Mrs. Rinehart was our daughters' music teacher at Harper, and my co-workers are part of the Castle and CMK families. Your pain is inexpressible, but we know that we do not grieve as the world grieves, without hope. Comfort and peace to your entire family until you are reunited for all eternity.

FROM THE FAMILY