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Alma Gramita Reinecke

Alma Gramita Reinecke, age 93, died Friday, July 3, 2009 at Sanford Medical Center. Alma was born January 24, 1916 to Peter and Anna (Kirkitsky) Gramita in Dickey County, ND. Her mother died during the Spanish flu epidemic, after giving birth to her sister Ruth, when Alma was three years old. Five older sisters and her father continued their life on the farm. She attended rural school and graduated from Kulm, ND High School in 1933. Her education continued at NSTC in Aberdeen for two years. She earned her Bachelorís Degree from USD and her Masterís from Augustana College.

While teaching rural schools in McPherson County, SD, Alma met a fellow teacher and her future husband, Martin Reinecke. They were married November 20, 1941 in Moline, IL where both were working in defense plants. Here their first daughter, Mary, was born in 1943. In 1946 the family returned to SD where Martin served as school superintendent in Scenic, Gary and Irene. Their second child, Margaret Ann (Annie), was born in Rapid City in 1948. In 1952 Annie died of leukemia and the family moved to Sioux Falls. Martin and Alma made a special effort to travel to Germany to adopt a child and Hannelore became their daughter in 1953. A son, Max, was born in 1956.

For seventeen years Alma taught elementary, junior and senior high students. She was elected SD Teacher of the Year in 1976. She retired from teaching ninth grade English and Latin at Edison Junior High in Sioux Falls in 1978. Alma was an avid reader with a discerning mind, always reviewing fine literature and films that she could recommend to family and friends. Her interests were widespread including theology, fiction, science, medicine, music and the arts. Also a writer, she had articles and poetry published in professional publications including: Pasque Petals, South Dakota English Notes and the English Journal. She developed a course entitled: "The Bible as Literature".

The Reinecke home was always a welcome place for family and friends where kindness and love were shared in many ways. Church and civic affairs were a part of her regular concerns. She taught Sunday School and served on various boards at Our Saviorís where the family had been members since 1952.

Grateful for having shared her life are her daughters: Mary (Dennis) Potter of Sioux Falls and Hannelore (Thomas) Tweed of Washougal, WA. One son: Dr. Max Reinecke of Sioux Falls, One sister, Ruth (Paul) Koenig of Albuquerque, NM. Four grandsons: Douglas and David Potter, Andrew (Jessica) Tweed and Benjamin (Lauren) Tweed. Three granddaughters: Sarah, Ellen and Claire Reinecke. One great-grandson, Luke Thomas Tweed. Many nieces and nephews also survive, including Margaret Novak, a special niece. Alma was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, parents and five sisters: Clara, Emma, Martha, Carrie and Ann.

Visitation will begin at 2 pm with the family present from 6 to 8 pm and a prayer service at 7:30 pm on Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Miller Funeral Home, 13th & Main. Funeral services will be held Monday, July 6th, at 11:00 am at Our Saviorís Lutheran Church followed by interment at Woodlawn Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to The Banquet or Our Saviorís Lutheran Church Foundation.


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