Ellen Reinhardt

Zion, Illinois

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Not sure what to say?

I was just thinking about Mrs. Reinhardt and what an effect she had on me, and many people, through her creation of programs like the International Studies Program. I looked on the internet to see if I could find her address, to send her a thank you letter. Well, anyway, thank you, Ellen Reinhardt.

Age 19

My heartfelt condolences to her step-sons and their families. My mother, Dolores, was Ellen's first cousin on her father's side. I met her several times as a child and as a teenager; and reconnected with her 13 years ago. I treasured our relationship. We shared many common interests, not least of which was our respect for the proper usage of the English language. She and my mother were wonderful grammar police. Ellen will always have a place in my heart.

I got the pleasure of meeting Ellen about 8 years ago when I went back to Waukegan with my dad, Michael Bay, for the Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. I also spoke on the phone with her quite a few times, as well as recieved some beautiful cards and words of encouragement over the years. She seemed like a wonderful person. Very loving, accepting, and passionate about life. She was blesssed with the opportunity to pursue her passion for teaching others. Many go through this life...

Once upon a time giants walked the halls of District 60. Ellen was among them. All students benefited from her commitment to them and her championing of academic rigor and excellence. I personally benefited from her graciousness and generosity, and I will always remember her. Her impact on students' lives and fellow educators alike will continue for a long time

God will make you firm; he will make you strong. (1Pet. 5:10)

Ellen influenced three generations of Spenko's, not only as a teacher but as a mentor and beloved friend. We deeply miss her.
Frank, Connie, & Matthew

So sorry to hear about your loss, we know you loved her very much!!...Sincerely from the both of us!

Ellen was much more than an English teacher. Her classes challenged us to think, reason, and communicate. I remember how we studied English literature by learning about the succession of the English royal dynasties, and the importance and influence of history on literature and the arts. I read in her obit how much she enjoyed music (among so many other things), and would have so enjoyed attending a concert with her. She was such a great influence on so many of us, and I humbly say...

She was one of my favorite teachers. I had her for 10th grade English. Just loved her teaching method.


Ellen's Obituaries

Reinhardt, Ellen Bay (nee Hershberger) 85, formerly of Columbus, OH, was born September 20, 1928, in Cleveland, Ohio, died on Monday, March 17, 2014, at Hawthorn Lakes Senior Living in Vernon Hills, IL. Ellen began her long career in education at the age of 13 when she taught 7th grade gym for...

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