Marguerite (Marge) Reinhart, 97, passed away on January 23, 2021, at home in Laguna Hills, CA. She was born in 1923 in Los Angeles to Joseph and Ida Williams and graduated from George Washington Preparatory High School in Los Angeles. Marguerite was one of nine children. Interested in fashion design, she married Carl H. Reinhart in 1942 in the not-yet-popular town of Las Vegas. She loved to tell how their honeymoon hotel was the Sagev Sal Hotel - Las Vegas spelled backward. She and her husband lived in the Los Angeles area, dining and dancing at the fashionable restaurants and nightclubs of the 1940s: Cafe Trocadero, Cocoanut Grove, Ciro's, Mocambo, and the Hollywood Palladium. Marge contributed to America's war effort in her job at the National Defense Plant's Chemical Warfare Service for the War Department. In 1952, Marge and Carl moved to Covina where her husband was a building contractor who developed residential properties and a small commercial center on Citrus Avenue. They opened Covina Coffee Shop in the center and operated it until the late 1950s. Both she and her husband were very active in the Covina Lions Club, and in the early 1960s, spent many weekends with family and friends at their winter home in Palm Springs. In 1961, she and her husband Carl built a new home on the Balboa Peninsula, packed up their three children, and moved to the beach. When her husband passed away in 1965, she worked in retail, restaurant, and executive assistant positions for many years. She lived in Newport Beach for a number of years, moved to South Laguna for a short time, and then moved to Huntington Terrace in Huntington Beach where she made many friends during the thirty years that she lived there. Marguerite often volunteered to help with charitable organizations over the decades - she loved helping others in any way she could. She cultivated some of her favorite activities while living at the Terrace: Wii bowling, at which she was a top scorer; bingo; making beautiful crafts as gifts, and watching Lakers games. She had a kind and loving spirit, and she always saved little treasures she found so that she could pass them on to others. Some referred to Marguerite as the "Energizer Bunny" because she was always on the go and was active well into her nineties. Two special events in the last decade included her ninetieth birthday party celebrated with her extended family and her high school class reunion, which she attended in 2016, proudly wearing her "Class of 1940" baseball cap. Marguerite enjoyed spending time with her three children and learning about their travels, activities, and careers. In the last years of her long and happy life, she lived at The Meridian in Laguna Hills. Marguerite was preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Ida Williams; her brothers Charles Williams, Frederick Williams, James Williams, John Williams, and George Williams; her sisters Rosemary Brown, Elinor Dumbeck, and Dorothy Stephenson; and her husband Carl Heinz Reinhart. Marguerite is survived by her son Carl Reinhart Jr. and daughter-in-law Nancy Nichols, grandson Nick Laux, daughter Robin Reinhart and son-in-law George Helland, grandson Adam Helland and great-granddaughter Mahlani, daughter Autumn Gottschlich and son-in-law Ken Gottschlich, granddaughter Alyeska, and her extended family. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Published in Orange County Register on Feb. 21, 2021.