Phyllis Reinheimer

Birth Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 1922
Date of Passing: 
Monday, May 3, 2021

Phyllis Reinheimer, 98, of Wooster died on May 3, 2021 at West View Healthy Living where she had resided for seven years.

She was born in Indianapolis on June 8, 1922 to Arthur and Ruth (Rhoderick) Nelson.  The family soon moved to Springfield Ohio where Phyllis made lifelong friends and met John Reinheimer.  They married on June 18, 1944 shortly after her college graduation from Otterbein. 

Phyllis taught school while John went to war and upon his return they started their family of 5 kids.  Phyllis was a full time mom and College of Wooster faculty wife for years, additionally balancing activities such as Girl Scouts, PTA, Mothers’ Club, and membership at Zion Lutheran.  As the children got older she worked in many capacities in a church, hospital, physics department, and an engineering firm.

Phyllis loved to travel and would hop in a car for ride at the drop of a hat.  She was game for adventure willing to move to North Carolina and Germany for a year each - lock, stock and barrel.  Three other research leaves from the College of Wooster took the Reinheimers to Santa Barbara and they eventually retired nearby in Carpinteria.  Phyllis travelled extensively throughout the United States finding square and round dancing opportunities along the way.  She travelled overseas to Australia, New Zealand and back to Europe.  One of her last big trips was a cruise through the Panama Canal, a long-time dream.

While travelling in retirement, Phyllis avidly pursued the family ancestry, researching and visiting sites of importance.  Her love of ancestry also led her to learn about computers and she became the first member of the family (at 63) to own and teach herself to use a home computer (Apple IIe).  This knowledge led to new volunteer opportunities in retirement including doing taxes for seniors, Meals on Wheels, and working in Westview Gift Shop.

In 1999, Phyllis and John left the beaches of Carpinteria and returned to Wooster to be nearer family.  Phyllis spent many enjoyable days in Mothers’ clubs gatherings, as well as playing cards, mahjong, and dominoes.   And if there was nothing planned, she would enjoy visiting or listening to the Indians on the screened-in porch. 

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband, John D Reinheimer and daughter, Susie Judd.

She is survived by her children and in-laws Al Judd,  Ruth (John) Pederson, Joe (Sue) Reinheimer, Sally (Gary) Hofstetter, and Dottie (Brad) Ridenour and her grandchildren Sarah (Archie) McMillan, Ben Judd, Gabe (Suzanne) Judd, Katy (Matt) Galloway,  Kirsten (Marc) Anderson, Aaron (Jen) Pederson, Jodi (Steve) Poyer, Kim (Joel) Madsen, Amanda (Eric) Dollaway, Karrin (Kyle) Frezell, April (Shawn) Brehob, Kari (Chris) Willis, Sarah (Jared) Hofstetter, Robert Ridenour, Dan (Jeanie) Ridenour, and Kathy Ridenour as well as 31 great-grandchildren and 1 great- great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 11:00am at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. A private family burial will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, in Seville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to People to People Ministries or Otterbein University.

Online condolences may be left for the family at

A memorial page has been created in Phyllis’ memory. Please visit Phyllis Reinheimer's Online Memorial & Obituary | Keeper (

Memorial Contributions: 

People to People Ministries or Otterbein University.


No calling hours.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, at 11:00am at the McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster. A private family burial will be held at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, in Seville.


So sorry for Phyllis's families loss. Phyllis was such a nice person and we always enjoyed her company. RIP Phyllis. You will be missed.

Sorry to hear of your mom's passing, but what a life!! Beautiful obituary. May all the memories help at this time.

I met Phyllis at WVHL, she and my mom dined together often. She was an interesting and very kind woman. She loved her family very much.

Sending our sincere condolences to your family. Your mom will be missed by us all. We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with your mom and family.

Joe so sorry to hear about your mom. She lived a long life and had many wonderful adventures. We hope to make it to the services. Out thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

I'm so sorry for the loss of your wonderful mom. I can remember her as my Girl Scout Troop leader, lo those many years ago. She was so nice and accepting. May God Bless and comfort each of you in your loss. I'm sure she is watching over each and every one of you. Sincerely, Karen

My deepest condolences to the Rheinheimer family. I attended Wooster High with with many of the Rheinheimer children and Dr Rheinheimer was one of my Chemistry professors at The College of Wooster. A wonderful family. God bless lives well lived.


My condolences to the entire Reinheimer Family. I have fond memories when I was very young growing up with Joe. She was very kind. A life well lived!

I am so sorry to hear this, I enjoyed the time that spent with her the countless manicures we did. Talking about her adventures, and travels she was a special lady. I guess what I liked about was her zest for living. She will be missed. Fly high Phyllis…

Add new condolence

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.