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Nina Reitenour

1912 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Nina Reitenour Obituary
Nina Reitenour
October 15, 1912 -
August 23, 1913
Resident of Lakewood, WA
Nina Sophia Reitenour, born October 15, 1912 to Mattie E. and G. Max Miller, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2013, at 9:20 P.M. at her residence in Lakewood, Washington, about 15 years after the death of her husband, Carl W. Reitenour. Nina and Carl were school teachers living in Soquel, CA, for most of their lives, spending many of their school breaks to pursue their passion for rockhounding; always making sure the little critters Nina maintained in her utility room during the summer for her elementary school children were cared for until their return. Nina and Carl managed an extensive vegetable garden and several fruit trees. Nina loved to read and listen to classical music.
As a young teenager, Nina Miller took up the harp (a full-size Lyon & Healy orchestral instrument that dwarfed her petite frame, she christened Sally), which she much preferred to certain other instruments she was required to have at least a working knowledge of in her father's music store. As a card-carrying member of the Musician's Association of Seattle, Nina played as a soloist, part of a trio, and with orchestras for countless organizations in Western Washington, including several churches, for stage plays, Goodwill Industries, private organizations, and headlining in a program at McNeal Island Penitentiary. Based on a personal letter from a justice on the U.S. Supreme Court, Nina was seriously considering remaining a musician, but there were jobs in teaching when she moved to California, and Nina discovered a new love.
And the love was returned. Mrs. Reitenour retired from teaching in June of 1974, but many of the students she had in the early grades continued to recognize her and stay in touch. She even got to meet the children of some of those students, and two helped care for her after the passing of husband Carl. In addition to all those students for whom she cared deeply, Nina is survived by her nephew W. Daniel (Elise) Miller and Niece Sandra Miller, currently of Aberdeen, WA.
A private service near Soquel will be held at a later date. Those wishing to honor Nina Reitenour's memory in some manner are asked to make a donation to United Methodist Church of Santa Cruz in her name.

Published in Santa Cruz Sentinel on Sept. 27, 2013
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