Valera ‘Val’ Elaine Reinke

Valera ‘Val’ Elaine Reinke

NEW ULM — Valera “Val” Elaine Reinke, age 84, passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Oak Hills Living Center in New Ulm.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Ulm. Pastor Rob Guenther will officiate. Burial will be 2:30 p.m. in Lakeside Cemetery in Fairmont.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Minnesota Valley Funeral Home – South Chapel in New Ulm.

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Valera is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Dennis) Hruby of Hutchinson, Debra (John) Blowers of Ghent; son, Tim (Sandy) Reinke of New Ulm; nine grandchildren, Krista (Ellis) Brown, Dan Reinke, Jamie (Amber) Unke, Haley Unke, Tyler (fiancée Katie) Hruby, Lisa (Noah) Graham, Joseph Hruby, John (fiancée Ashley) Blowers, Dustin Blowers; two great-grandchildren, Leo Brown and Charles Graham; sister-in-law, JoAnn Wink; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walton “Whitey” Reinke; parents, Fred and Ella Wink; parents-in-law, Bert and Hulda Reinke; brother, Gerald Wink; brother-in-law, Alton (Marian) Reinke; and sister-in-law, Gladys Reinke.

Valera Elaine Wink was born July 20, 1934, to Fred and Ella (Fritz) Wink in Manyaska Township – Sherburn, Minnesota.She was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ceylon, and graduated high school from Ceylon High School, receiving her academic diploma in 1952.

Val began working at Fairmont Railway Motors in the machine shop office. Shortly after, she joined the Fairmont Sentinel newspaper, where she first started in the circulation department. During that time, she met and married the love of her life, Walton “Whitey” Reinke in Ceylon, and their union was blessed with three children.

While raising her children, Val continued to work at the Fairmont Sentinel and was promoted to the accounting department, and later promoted to office manager until her retirement. Val then worked at various hotels in Fairmont until she moved to New Ulm in 2001. She then worked at the Country Loft and finished her last job at Perkins in 2014.

When she was not working, she enjoyed spending time with her family, watching school sports activities, attending church at St. John’s Lutheran Church, playing golf with Whitey, watching game shows, completing puzzle books, fishing, cooking and reading.

Val especially enjoyed meeting and working with people and, above all, loved the time she could spend with her children and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her, blessed be her memory.

The family request memorials to St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Virginia Piper Cancer Society or the Oak Hills Memorial Foundation.