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Tillie Reinier

December 13, 1939 June 13, 2017
Tillie Reinier
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Tillie Reinier passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on June 13, 2017 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Throughout the ordeal she remained upbeat and positive and enjoyed visiting with her family and numerous friends. She was born December 13th, 1937 in Rugby, North Dakota to Bennie and Walburga (Lacher) Voller. She was the second of nine children and grew up on the family farm.
She graduated from Surrey High School in 1957 and attended Minot Teachers College briefly. She married Donald Leroy Reinier on November 29th, 1958 in Surrey, North Dakota. Don was the love of her life and they remained happily married until his death in 2003. They took a honeymoon trip to visit the West Coast and California, they loved it so much they never left. Don was a heavy equipment operator and they lived in numerous towns in Eastern Washington until they settled permanently in the Spokane Valley, WA in 1972.
Tillie was an old fashioned homemaker, focused on her family and home. She enjoyed baking and cooking everything from scratch i.e. Caramel rolls, biscotti and bread. Her homemade bread and caramel rolls were legendary in her family and always a favorite with her guests. She canned fruits and made pickles and jams, even picking the fruits and vegetables fresh in the morning and canning them later in the day. She also enjoyed cake decorating and loved to bake. She loved baking for her family and making holiday meals. Tillie was also a master of the roasted meal and as such made the best gravy in the world. She was also an excellent seamstress and made much of the familys clothing.
Tillie started a home business after her children graduated from high school and moved out of the house. The business, the Flower Connection, focused on weddings. She sewed bridesmaid and wedding gowns and also created wedding floral arrangements. She derived a lot of satisfaction in being involved in the excitement of the various weddings she worked on.
Tillie was an extrovert- she loved to stay in contact with her friends and family that were scattered across the country. She enjoyed talking with them on the phone or visiting them on the many trips she took across the country. She has many lifelong friends and was always open to meeting new people and making new friends. She was a devoted friend and cared for several friends as their health declined and they eventually passed away.
Although she missed her husband greatly, she didnt stop living after his death, and still kept up a busy social calendar. In her later years she achieved a lifelong dream of building a custom home with a view. She had a beautiful house with a view of Mica Peak built for her in Greenacres, WA. She loved her new neighborhood and embraced her new neighbors, making many good friends there over the years. She was very active in the local Home Owners Association (HOA) and was its first president and served in that capacity for many years. She became interested in gardening in her later years and always kept a beautiful yard and house.
Family and friends were central to Tillies life and the most precious to her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie and Walburga Voller, her husband Don Reinier, and her brothers Bernard Philip Voller and George Voller. She is survived by her three children; Jacquelynn Roswell and husband Pat Roswell, Roxann Walker and husband Tony Walker, and Rhonda Reinier. Grandchildren Jessica Schmidt, Nicholas Walker and Arielle Bianco. Great grandchild Oliver Schmidt. Brothers and sisters; Eleanor Barth, Danny Voller, David Voller, Gabe Voller, Bernice Voller, and Glenda Voller. Sisters in-law; Bonnie Williams, Gerri Voller, Thelma Voller, Margaret-Anne Voller and Sharon Reinier as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
She always gave her best donating school supplies and wanted to make sure children had what they needed : In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Central Valley School District Free and Reduced Hot Lunch program. You can email them at DKWATE@CVSD.ORG.
Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, June 21st at St. Marys Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Rd., Spokane Valley.

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