Jan Reinmuth, married to John Reinmuth for 47 years, died on December 23, 2013, due to complications following emergency surgery for advanced colon cancer that had developed silently.
Jan and John have two adult children. Jeff (Amy) Reinmuth live in the Tacoma area and have three children ages 3-11. Jennifer (James) Murphy live in Ridgefield, Washington and have two daughters ages 3-6. John and Jan served six UMC churches before retirement in 2006.
In retirement Jan’s life revolved around guiding the planning and construction of a new home, landscaping the yard, grandchildren and rubber stamping. She loved to sew doll clothes, guide grandchildren in various crafts and read them books from her vast library of children’s literature built during 17 years as a public school elementary teacher.
Over the years Jan devoted many hours to gardening and a wide range of craft activities: sewing, embroidery, Christmas ornaments, wood craft, latch hook afghans and worship banners. The past 15 years focused primarily on card making via rubber stamps. She developed a profound ministry, sending “thinking of you cards” which opened up a ministry of one-on-one conversations of encouragement, as God moved through her gentle, unassuming personality.
God spared Jan in a crisis situation 31 years ago when we lived in Ephrata. Ten years ago God spared Jan’s life when she had breast cancer that realistically should have spread but had not. She didn’t even need chemo or radiation! Jan and John often said in recent years that God had given them much bonus time.
Within an hour after learning from the surgeon the seriousness of Jan’s situation, she told John that God had given her a wondrous peace. She demonstrated that peace while talking with Jeff and Jennifer by phone a few minutes later. She had that peace the next morning prior to surgery. Jan will be greatly missed, but as her condition deteriorated rapidly following surgery, family members knew that they must be willing to release her to God. She had given clear guidance before surgery. God gave the family peace to make that decision and continues to give them peace.
A memorial service will be held at the Gig Harbor United Methodist Church, 7400 Pioneer Way, Gig Harbor WA 98335 at 11 am on January 11. Lunch will be provided following the service. Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers are strongly encouraged. Contributions may be given to the Gig Harbor UMC, your own church, the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.
Arrangements by Tuell-McKee Funeral Home, Tacoma, Washington. Please sign guest book on link above (www.tuellmckee.com).