Attorney James M. Reinert, 82, of Shavertown, passed away Friday, March 22, 2013, at The Meadows Nursing Center in Dallas.
He was born in Wilkes-Barre, son of the late William A. and Maude Mulcahy Reinert. Jim graduated from Kingston High School in1947, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from King's College in 1951, and earned a Juris Doctorate from Dickinson School of Law in 1954. He served as preceptee of the late David Yelen, Esq., in 1954 and 1955. Mr. Reinert graduated from Officer's Candidate School and the School of Naval Justice and served as a member of the Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the U.S. Navy
from January 1956 until May 1959 and received an honorable discharge with the rank of lieutenant.
Attorney Reinert maintained a private law practice in Luzerne County beginning in 1959. He served as chairman of the Luzerne County Board of View from 1960 to 2005; law clerk to the late Judge Jacob Schiffman in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas, Eleventh Judicial District, from 1961 to 1970; chief public defender of Luzerne County from 1970 to 1976; and solicitor for the Shavertown Fire Co. and Franklin Township. Mr. Reinert was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in April 2006.
A dedicated community servant, Jim was a board member and president of the Dallas Rotary Club
and was a humble recipient of the Rotary International Paul Harris Award , a board member of AAA Mid-Atlantic and a board member of the Harveys Lake Yacht Club. He served as an adjunct professor at King's College for 10 years and as a lecturer for the Pennsylvania State Police Training School in Forty Fort. Mr. Reinert was admitted to the Wilkes-Barre Law and Library Association on Feb. 17, 1955, and in 2005 received a Senatorial Citation from the Office of Pennsylvania Sen. Charles Lemmond in recognition of 50 years of exemplary service.
Jim was an avid performer and lover of music, singing with the King's College Glee Club, Concordia and St. Mary's and St. Therese's choirs. He also was active in his parish of St. Therese Roman Catholic Church, Shavertown, serving as a Eucharistic minister and on numerous other committees.
Throughout his life, Jim's greatest enjoyment came from being together with his family in Cape May, N.J., at the Harveys Lake Yacht Club, and especially around the backyard pool. Even though his accomplishments and honors were many, Pop was best known for his warm and welcoming home, where anyone and everyone was loved and treated like family.
James and his wife, the former Margaret Mary Simonson, celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary on June 2, 2012. In addition to his wife, Mr. Reinert is survived by his sons, William C., Dallas; attorney James P. and his wife, Pegg, Kirkwood, Mo.; Dr. Paul M. and his wife, Kimberly, Dallas; Philip J. and his wife, Tania, Trucksville; and attorney Matthew E., Trucksville, and Rebecca A. Yurko, Forty Fort; as well as 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Jim's family expresses their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Lanning Anselmi, his staff and the caring and compassionate staff of the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the extraordinary care he received.
The family will receive friends and relatives at St. Therese Roman Catholic Church on Pioneer Avenue in Shavertown from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 27, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow promptly at noon with the Rev. James J. Paisley, pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Richard H. Disque Funeral Home Inc., 2940 Memorial Highway, Dallas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Back Mountain Food Pantry, 40 Knob Hill Road, Shavertown, PA 18708.