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Sunset Memorial Park & Funeral Home

1701 Austin Highway, San Antonio, TX

OBITUARY

Frederick Joseph Reininger

March 11, 1928January 7, 2020

On Tuesday, January 7, 2020, the Lord took Fred at the age of 91 to be with him and his beloved wife, Louise Reininger. He died peacefully while being hospitalized for a brief period. Fred was born on March 11, 1928, the 9th of 13 children of Nora and Erhard Reininger of Guadalupe County. He attended school at Seguin High School. In 1946, Fred started working at The Seguin Gazette serving for seven years as a printer, operator, writer, and Sports Editor. In 1953, he became a vocational teacher at Sidney Lanier High School where he taught printing until he retired after 40 years in 1993. In 1954, he married Louise who we sadly lost in 2008. Fred and Louise raised three children together: Debbie (Steve) Kotara, Sharon Reininger, and Allan (Linda) Reininger. He was an active member and leader in the National Education Association and other educational organizations. In 1950, he joined the Army Reserves to serve his country and retired in 1988 as a Command Sergeant Major, the highest enlisted rank in the Army. While working, Fred continued to pursue a higher education and earned a degree. In both his teaching and military careers, he was recognized through various awards and commendations due to his dedication to hard work and excellence. Out of all of his many accomplishments, Fred was most proud of his students who went on to success due not only to the technical skills he taught them but also because of his encouragement and belief in them. Hardly one to stay idle, Fred worked part-time at Retama Park for another 24 years as a pari-mutuel teller from 1995 up until his passing. He made many friends at Retama and appreciated the consideration and kindness he was treated with by his coworkers and manager. Fred was a devout Catholic all of his life rarely missing weekly mass. In his free time, he enjoyed watching sports and was a loyal Spurs, Cowboys, and Astros fan. His family was most important to him. During the many difficulties and challenges life throws at all of us, Fred could always be counted on for support and encouragement. It was his love for and dedication to his family that kept him going following the blow of losing Louise after 54 years of marriage. Although we are deeply saddened and will never stop missing him, we count ourselves lucky to have had him for so long. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sisters: Clara Lackey, Adelaide Schwarz Lamprecht, Julia Lehmann, Ruby Koehler, Melitta Rabe, and Melinda Mueller, as well as brothers: William, Jerome, Ruben, and Leroy. Fred is also survived by his three children, grandchildren: Trevor (Cassie) Reininger, Devon Reininger, and Cody Kotara, great grandson: Rowan Reininger, and two siblings: Anna Marie (Edgar) Schievelbein, and James (Marlene) Reininger. A visitation will be held from 6:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. with a rosary starting at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 3907 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX. The Mass will also be celebrated at St. Pius X on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. This will be followed by a procession to Holy Cross Cemetery and a reception at nearby Retama Park to celebrate Fred’s life.

  • FAMILY

  • Fred was preceded in death by his parents, wife, and sisters: Clara Lackey, Adelaide Schwarz Lamprecht, Julia Lehmann, Ruby Koehler, Melitta Rabe, and Melinda Mueller, as well as brothers: William, Jerome, Ruben, and Leroy. Fred is also survived by his three children, grandchildren: Trevor (Cassie) Reininger, Devon Reininger, and Cody Kotara, great grandson: Rowan Reininger, and two siblings: Anna Marie (Edgar) Schievelbein, and James (Marlene) Reininger.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, January 15, 2020
  • Committal Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Memories

Frederick Joseph Reininger

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Ralph Falkenberg

January 14, 2020

It was my pleasure to work with Fred about 45 years ago when I was a new member of the executive committee of the San Antonio Teachers Council and he already was a seasoned, veteran leader of the organization. We spent time together at many meetings, conferences, and conventions, and I got to know him well as a modest, thoughtful and knowledgeable mentor. I'm sorry I never reconnected with him after I moved back to San Antonio about 20 years ago. I offer sincere sympathy to the family.

Rich Martinez

January 13, 2020

I was one of Mr. Reininger’s “bums”, his affectionate moniker for all his printing students at Lanier High School. I am Class of ‘71. There were three people that were most influential in my life and whom I never wanted to disappoint. Mr. Fred Reininger was one of those. His support and guidance drove me to heights I might not have otherwise achieved, including being the first in my family of 11 siblings, plus Mom & Dad, to attend and complete my college degree. It was the foundation for a proud and lucrative 38-year business career in the printing and pulp & paper businesses, which took me to destinations throughout North and parts of South America. Even now, in retirement and my part-time job, his spirit and memory live in me and drive me to excel. His footprint is on me many others like me who were touched and influenced by his dedication to his crafts and professions.
May God grant him his eternal reward in heaven and peaceful rest and console his family and close friends for the loss of this cherished and much-loved father, grandfather, brother and leader of men!!

Renai and Tim Lackey

January 12, 2020

We are so thankful we were able to visit with Uncle Freddy at the Reininger Christmas party in December. He shared how he was doing okay and still enjoying working at Ratana Park. We are grateful for the love and encouragement he always showed to our family over the years. He was a true treasure...a golden thread in our tapestries of life for which we will always be grateful. Love to Debbie, Sharon, Allan and their families as they walk through this time of sorrow. May they feel our loving Lord’s embrace with every step they take. We look forward to celebrating the gift of his life with those he held dear on Tuesday and Wednesday.
With heartfelt sympathy,
Tim and Renai Lackey

Laurie Vanwinkle

January 12, 2020

Fred was always the most positive, big hearted and dedicated person I know! I worked with him for 15 years , he always asked me how I was doing and always said when I asked how he was, I'm blessed to be here another day and to be at work! He came to work every day even though it became less and less easy, it was always with a big smile! I will miss you greatly but I know you are in heaven with your wife, dancing with a smile! Love and miss you!

Tom Tucker

January 11, 2020

Fred I will always remember you for signing me for retama xmas party in 2002 when they wouldn't let me in.I will always see you when I go to race track you will be missed by alot of people their

Rusty Reininger

January 10, 2020

So, so thankful I was able to visit and laugh with Uncle Freddy on Monday at the hospital. As my mom said, Freddy and Louise are already dancing together again and that they were the most beautiful and wonderful dancers around. Rest in peace Uncle Freddy! May God bless you and keep you in his arms forever.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY