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Linda Revae REIN

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Age 65, of Minnetonka Died at home on December 27 surrounded by her family after a 17 year battle with cancer. Linda was a beautiful, multi-talented, fiercely independent, and thoroughly modern woman. She lived a full, adventurous, and memorable life defined by an indomitable spirit and incredible courage, and she will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. Linda was born on September 26, 1948, in Trenton, MO. She grew up in Valparaiso, IN, graduating from Valparaiso High School in 1966. She earned a degree in marketing from South Bend College of Commerce in 1968. Linda was a consummate sales and marketing professional whose product lines ranged from automobiles to corporate aircraft to computer hardware and software. A specialist in process and project management, she first got involved with computers at the St. Paul Companies. She was recruited away by Datapoint Corporation, a pioneer in computer networking, where she became both a sales representative and a systems analyst/engineer. She later worked for Wang Laboratories and Computer Associates International, Inc., two early giants of the US computer industry, selling, installing, and trouble-shooting complex computer networks for Fortune 500 companies. After retiring from her sales and marketing career, Linda spent three years managing over a thousand rental apartments for family owned C.G. Rein Company in St. Paul. Linda was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Long Lake, MN, where she served as church secretary, long range planning committee member, and Sunday and vacation bible school teacher. Through her affiliation with Trinity, she became active in Cub Scouting, first as a den leader and later as chair of the local Cub Scout district board. She was also a volunteer in reading and self-esteem programs for elementary school children throughout the western suburbs and an active and enthusiastic hockey and soccer mom, all while employed full time. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling, reading, and dabbling in a wide variety of sporting activities, reveling especially in those that involved great heights. A community theater participant as a young adult in Valparaiso and a lifelong singer and dancer, Linda found her true calling at age 61. She became a performing member and the managing director of Alive & Kickin, a senior citizen music ensemble led by Twin Cities choreographer Michael Matthew Ferrell. A&K's mission is to enlighten and entertain multi-generational audiences through the personal stories of its members and re-imagined rock and pop songs performed with wit and wisdom by irrepressible 60- to 90-somethings. When sung by Alive and Kickin's seniors, even the most familiar popular music conveys a new and uniquely powerful message. Like the rest of the A&K family, Linda found endless delight and amazing strength in their public and private performances, their genuine affection for one another, and their ability to inspire both young and old alike. Her last 4 years were undoubtedly extended, and immeasurably enriched, by her association with that wonderful group. Linda was preceded in death by her father, John Arnold, and her oldest daughter, Paige Lynne Breunig. She is survived by her husband, Stan Rein, of Minnetonka; mother, Garnett Arnold, of Minnetonka; four children: Shannon Breen (Eric) of Minneapolis; Ian MacKinnon (Allison Preiss) of Denver; Gabriel Rein (Kim Harper) of Minneapolis; and Leah Rein (Dean Cacciapalle) of Bloomington; loving family Clayton and Virginia Rein, of Scottsdale, AZ; Judy and Jerry Hoffman and Trish and Brad Cowle, of Mendota Heights; Burt Rein and Martin Lichtenstein of West Hollywood, CA; and Kathy Rein of Eagan, MN; and a host of wonderful friends and extended family members. Linda's life will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2060 County Road 6, Long Lake, MN 55356 (952-473-8577), with lunch to follow at the church. The family wishes to extend its heartfelt thanks to Drs. Linda Carson and David Potter and all the other doctors, nurses, and staff at University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, and particularly the Masonic Cancer Clinic, who were instrumental in helping Linda live her life to the fullest for so many years, and to the doctors, nurses, and staff of Fairview Home Care and Hospice, who did their utmost to comfort Linda on her final journey. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Alive & Kickin LLC, PO Box 1454, Minnetonka, MN 55345 (aliveandkickinmn.com), or the Lynne Cohen Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research, earmarked for The Paige Lynne Breunig and Linda Revae Rein Memorial Fund, PO Box 7128, Santa Monica, CA 90406-7128 (lynnecohenfoundation.org). 952-924-4100


Published in Pioneer Press from Jan. 1 to Jan. 2, 2014
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