Pavilion - Leora Zillman Reinhart, born in Batavia on February 9, 1919, longtime resident of Pavilion, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at the age of 100.
She was the widow of Paul F. Reinhart, Sr. of Pavilion who passed away on August 27, 1977. They were married in 1941. She is survived by her sister, Alice Chapin of Atlanta, Georgia and is preceded in death by her sister, Shirley (Harold) Kingdon of Stafford. She is also survived by three sons, Paul F. (Emily) Reinhart, Jr., Ronald Reinhart of Rochester and Gregory Reinhart of Paris, France and several nieces and nephews.
She was known and remembered by many while employed as the medical secretary and assistant to Dr. Walter Heuman in Pavilion for 17 years and to Dr. Julius Katzenstein in Batavia for 11 years. Before entering the Village Green in LeRoy, she resided for 20 years at Washington Towers in Batavia. Preceding that she maintained the family home for 50 years in Pavilion since 1946. She was active in St. Mary's Church in Pavilion with The Ladies of Charity, before joining Resurrection Parish in Batavia.
Her love of music brought the lifelong pleasure, which she passed onto her sons. Her knitting, needlepoint and crochet work were greatly appreciated. She cultivated garden flowers of every type and was well-known for her talent as a baker of pies and cakes. As long as the late bit of her eyesight permitted, she read the Bible daily.
Her happy life was brimming with memories of loving grandparents on Alexander Road in Batavia, where she was born while her father served overseas during World War I. She told inspiring stories of working and struggling during the Great Depression, of music with friends and family at home around the piano, watching her parents house burn to the ground in Oakfield and the sacrifices of World War II.
She loved animals and enjoyed watching wild birds at the feeder. She always had a dog as a companion and even raised two goslings to adulthood. They would follow her every step.
She traveled every year with Paul to points such as St. Anne's Cathedral at Trois Rivieres, Montreal and to her beloved lakes in the Adirondacks. Especially after retiring, her life was punctuated with travel to San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston and Paris, France. He 100th birthday was celebrated surrounded with friends and family.
The sweet, fun loving nature she freely shared taught many to bear with pain and loss as she did so bravely at the end of her life. All who met her remember her gentleness and patience to the very end.
Per her request, there will be no calling hours. Her Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, February 3rd at 10 a.m. at Mary Immaculate Parish, St. Mary's Site, 11095 St. Mary's Street, Pavilion. Private burial will be in Oatka Cemetery. Charitable donations may be given in her name to Linwood Gardens, 1912 York Road West, Linwood, New York 14486.