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Cecelia Reinhart

January 30, 1926 — February 26, 2014

C ecelia Ruth (Schubert) Reinhart, 88, of Centralia, KS, died Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Life Care Center in Seneca. She was born January 30, 1926 at Centralia, daughter of Frank L. and Florence E. (Searing) Schubert. She attended Centralia schools where she participated in many male oriented sports. Her love of athletics continued throughout her life.

On March 23, 1943, she married Ephraim J. Reinhart in Brown County. The couple celebrated 63 years of marriage before Ephraim's death on November 19, 2006.

Cecelia was a mother first, staying up all night with a sick child or making the "special dress" for that "special" dance. She worked many other jobs throughout her life from taking in ironing, delivering freight for Wagnor, Campbell Soup Company and a clerk for Horalek-Meyer and Haverkamp Grocery Stores.

Other than being a mother, her proudest accomplishment was being elected the first female councilperson for the City of Centralia in 1981 serving through 1991 and then was elected the first female Mayor of Centralia from May 1991 until May of 1995.

Cecelia was involved in many church, civic and community activities and functions throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, needlework and dancing as well as being an avid reader.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ephraim, seven infant daughters, four brothers, C. Arthur, Alvin, Donald and Carroll, three sisters, Mary Wilcoxen, Elsie Holman and Freda Schuetz, three grandsons, Steven Allen, James Darr and Christopher Heideman and one son-in-law, Kenneth Heideman.

Survivors include six children, Shirley Reinhart-Jones (Quintin) of Hamilton, MO, Penelope Allen (David) of Pine Haven, WY, Patricia Heideman of Seneca, Pamela Sustarich (Stephen) of Ketchikan, AK, Jonathan Reinhart (Gloria) of Dedham, MA and Jerald Reinhart (Michelle) of Marysville; one sister, Patricia Bennett (Eugene) of Seneca, KS; 21 grandchildren; 64 great-grandchildren; 17 great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centralia Community Chruch. A memorial fund, in her name, has been established for Centralia Community Library and Eastridge Nursing Home. Inurnment will be at a later date.


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