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Elda Elsabeth Reinitz

Elda Elsabeth (Stuedemann) Reinitz, age 86 of Buffalo, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006.

She was born July 4, 1919 at the family farm home in Plato, the youngest of eight children born to William C. and Elsabeth (Dieken) Stuedemann. Elda was received into Holy Baptism July 20, 1919 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Plato by the Rev. R. L. Zwintcher. She attended parochial school, and was confirmed April 9, 1933, also by the Rev. Zwintcher.

Elda was united in holy marriage with Raymond Reinitz Dec. 15, 1939, which was also her parents’ 44th wedding anniversary. Their marriage was blessed with four children.

For the first three months of their marriage, Elda and Raymond resided with Elda’s parents. They were employed by Edward Kramber on his farm by Hamburg March 2, 1940; ;and March 2, 1942 they moved to the Peterman farm by Watertown.

They then moved to the Vic Muckenhirm farm between Watertown and Delano Nov. 3, 1942. Ray formed a partnership with City Meat Market in Watertown, and they moved to Watertown in 1950.

In 1955, they returned to the Muckenhirm farm and resided there until 1966, when they moved to a home near Buffalo.

Elda moved to the Woodmere Apartments in Buffalo in 1996.

She was employed by Hopkins Nursing Home, the Retirement Center, and then at Ebenezer Retirement Home from Sept. 20, 1966 until Dec. 28, 1989, when she retired.

Elda was very active in Harvest of Hands, Hospital Auxiliary, and Buffalo Seniors Club. She also enjoyed Zion’s Golden Age and Woodmere’s coffee hour.

Ray and Elda first attended church at St. Peter’s, near Watertown, and then St. Paul’s in Watertown. They joined Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Delano in 1962; and transferred membership to Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo in 1974.

Elda is survived by her children: Betty Lou Anderson of Monticello; Nancy Lee and Scott Radford of Great Falls, Mont.; Robert and Diane Reinitz of Little Falls; and Randy and Carol Reinitz of Seeley Lake, Mont.; son-in-law Edward Anderson of Buffalo; eight grandchildren, Annette and Michael Hocher, Dean Anderson, Stephanie, Jennifer, and Kristin Reinitz; Aubree Schnakenberg, and Dustin Grieg; great-grandchildren Amanda and Jessica Anderson, Sara, Cody, and Erin Hocher; and Jerod and Cody Anderson; and one great-great-grandchild, Shawn Edward Anderson.

She is further survived by a sister, Welthy Mueller of Eagle, Wis.; a sister-in-law Lee Buckentein; and many nephews, nieces, neighbors, and friends.

Elda was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; her parents; three sisters; four brothers; and two grandchildren, Brad Barfknecht and Shawn Anderson.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 1:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Buffalo with the Rev. John P. Folkerds officiating. Diane Johnson was organist at the service, and Phyllis Bengtson and Sharon Schmidt sang “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “He Leadeth Me” and “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.” Elda will be laid to rest beside Ray at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation took place Monday, Jan. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, with a prayer service at 6:45 p.m. officiated by Pastor Becky Sogge. Visitation continued for one hour prior to the service at the church Tuesday.

Casket bearers were Elda’s nephews, Wilton Stuedemann, Gerald Stuedemann, Elvin Schuette, and Arvid Krienke; and grandsons Dean Anderson and David Radford.

The Peterson Chapel of Buffalo served the family.

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