Jerauld Joseph Reinhart

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JERAULD J. REINHART MERRILLVILLE, IN Jerauld Joseph Reinhart, age 85, of Merrillville, also lovingly known as “Boss”, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 surrounded by family, friends, and the music that filled much of his life. Jerry is survived by his wife of 62 years, Margilee; children: Linda (Tom) Mesich, Dr. Stephen (Jayne) Reinhart, Michael (Melinda) Reinhart, Christopher (Kim) Reinhart, Mark (Rick Lorentz) Reinhart, Lisa Reinhart Hamer, Bryan (Lori) Reinhart, and Laurie (Dr. Tom) Carto; grandchildren: Jennifer (David) Gilbert, Richard and Jonathan Mesich, Matthew (Brannen), Adam, Nathan, and Benjamin Reinhart, Eric (Shanda), Jacob and Lucas Reinhart, Nick and Andrea Reinhart, Jessica and Max Reinhart, Arthur and Vincent Lorentz, Connor and Sam Carto; great grandchildren: Landon, Lorelei, Henry, Oliver, Adam, Austin, Justin, and Jackson. Born in Princeton, IN on January 24, 1929 to Rose and Henry Reinhart, Jerry started his lifelong involvement in the arts as a member of his high school band and choir. He attended Indiana University receiving a degree in Music Education, and later received his Master’s from Roosevelt University. After service in the U.S. Air Force for two years, he and Margilee moved to Merrillville where they started their large family. He started teaching music at Merrillville High School, where he would stay as both music teacher and choir director until his retirement in 1994. Jerry brought musical theater to the small community by founding Ross Summer Music Theatre in 1963. His avocation for building a state-of-the-art auditorium resulted in the beautiful structure which was later named in his honor. Through RSMT, Jerry participated in all aspects of theater, including set design and construction, direction and production. His superb performances were enjoyed by audiences for 50 years. His love of theater culminated with the orchestral conducting for the production of “Les Miserables” in August of this past year. The community theatre organization continues in his memory under the direction of his son, Mike Reinhart, and his wife, Melinda. Jerry received several awards throughout the years for his involvement with the community, including a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Singing Hoosiers, an Outstanding Teacher Award from the Merrillville Lion’s Club, an award from the Post Tribune for Arts and Theatre, a Northwest Indiana Law Enforcement Training Center Award for service and support, and an award from the International Thespian Society. He was also director of the local Liederkranz club and a member of Knights of Columbus, Phi Kappa Psi, the former men’s choir of Ss. Peter and Paul Church, and St. Joan of Arc, where he served as choir director. Although he put on dozens of shows over the years, from “Sound of Music” to “Beauty and the Beast”, Jerry’s favorite was always ‘The Music Man”. For the thousands of people he touched as an educator, director, and surrogate father, he truly was Northwest Indiana’s Music Man. Visitation will take place on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Geisen Funeral and Cremation Services, 7905 Broadway, Merrillville, IN 46410 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 6:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 200 E. 78th Ave., Merrillville, IN at 10:00 AM with Fr. Jon Plavcan officiating. Entombment will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, IN. Sign guestbook or view directions at 219-769-3322


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Published in The Times on Feb. 14, 2014
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