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Leonard 'Len' Louis Reinerio


SPRING PARK, Minn. - Leonard Louis Reinerio, 95, went peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at Lake Minnetonka Shores in Spring Park.

Len, son of the late Dominic Reinerio and Anna Bracket, was born on Jan. 2, 1922, in Hurley, Wis. He had three brothers and eight sisters.

He attended public school in Hurley, and was drafted into the U.S Army during World War II to serve in the Philippines. Upon discharge, Len married the love of his life, Ruth Walz, on July 17, 1947, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church in Bessemer, Mich. Len and Ruth made their home in Bessemer until Ruth's death on March 24, 2011.

In addition to eight sisters, Len was blessed with many other women in his life. As a young married couple, they graciously welcomed Ruth's mother and aunt into their home. In addition, Len and Ruth's union produced three daughters. There were many times that he couldn't get a word into a conversation.

Throughout his working life, Len worked as salesman for various hardware companies and made many friends in his travels through Michigan, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. In later years, he enjoyed greeting guests at the lodge at Indianhead Mountain. He had a love of and talent for construction, and passed this on to his daughters and their husbands when assisting with building and improving their family homes. His knowledge and teaching was invaluable.

Shortly after Ruth's death in 2011, Len moved to a senior apartment, Lake Minnetonka Shores, where he resided until his death. He enjoyed his time there and made many new friends during his stay. The family is very grateful for the companionship and care provided by both residents and staff at Lake Minnetonka Shores.

Surviving are three daughters, Susan (Bing) Bang, Plymouth, Jane (Dan) Fastelin, Hayward, Wis., and Sandie (Tony) Matrella, Watertown; five grandchildren, Jaime (Marc) Langva, Tony Fastelin, Matt (Sarah) Fastelin, Joshua Matrella and Allyson Matrella; and five great-grandchildren, Troy, Avery and Max Langva, and Eli and Lucas Fastelin. Also surviving are siblings Eugene, Isabel, Eleanor, Polly, Katherine, Rosemarie and Virginia.

Len was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Marion, Francis, Cecelia and John.

Funeral services will be held in the Lake Minnetonka Shores Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service.

A social gathering will follow.

Burial will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in Bessemer on a future date.


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