Reiner, James Robert
of Phoenix, AZ passed away on 11/21/2012 surrounded by family after a very long struggle with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). Jim was born in Chicago in 1943 to Eugene Bunte Reiner and Kathryn Byrne Reiner. He married Mary Ellen Weiss in 1973 and they settled in the Denver area for 15 years where they had three daughters: Jennifer, Molly and Katherine. The family moved to the Ahwatukee in 1988. Jim was a life-long sports fan and avid golfer. As a boy, he always wanted to be a baseball player. Despite leaving Chicago in his twenties, he was a dedicated Bears, Cubs and White Sox fan until the end. Jim spent his career working in telecommunications. He was struck with the disease PSP shortly after retirement, but was remarkably without complaint during his long affliction. His wife and daughters were grateful to show their love for Jim thru caregiving, and will remain eternally grateful to the beautiful souls that aided them in that effort. In addition to his wife, children and grandchildren Chloe, Connor and Jamie, Jim is survived by his sisters Mary Becker and Jane Miller. A Celebration of Life will be held at the residence of a family friend at 4330 N. 57th Way, Phoenix, AZ 85018 on Sunday, December 2nd from 11:30am-2:30pm. The celebration will be open-house format, so please stop by anytime during those hours to share your memories of Jim with his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you remember Jim with a donation to
or Perry Rehabilitation Center.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Nov. 28, 2012