JOSEPH HASLE REINERTSON
Joseph Hasle Reinertson (1913+2009) Beloved father and grandfather died at 2:30 p.m. on January 28, 2009, at age 95, in the Pleasant Manor Nursing Home, Faribault.
His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at First English Lutheran Church, Faribault. There will be a time for visitation one half hour before the service.
Joe was born in Hurdsfield, North Dakota on July 13, 1913, the first child of Joseph C. Reinertson and Inger Hasle Reinertson. He was always proud of being a "North Dakota boy". He was also proud of his Norwegian heritage, and fondly remembered reunions with Hasle relatives from Norway.
He was fascinated with mechanical things and liked to take things apart and put them together. He graduated from Bowden, North Dakota High School and attended a year of college in Aberdeen, South Dakota. His family moved to Grand Forks, N.D. and Joe was able to attend the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, graduating in 1936.
Following college, Joe moved to Beloit, WI to work for Fairbanks Morse, an engineering company working on the design of diesel engines for the U.S. government. It was in Beloit that he met Marge Emstrom, his beloved wife of 67 years. They loved to dance and he said, "We just fit together." They were married on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, 1938.
In 1941, Joe moved his family to Arlington, Virginia to take an engineering position with the U.S. Navy Department designing engines for submarines. He worked for the Navy Department until his retirement in 1975 when he was chief engineer for the Diesel Engine and Internal Combustion Engine sections of the Bureau of Ships.
Joe always loved boats and ships and making things. He built a small rowboat and learned to sail in the Chesapeake Bay. After retirement he and Marge moved to Indian Rocks Beach, Florida and bought a sailboat. They enjoyed sailing in the Gulf and traveling, taking many cruises and trips to far off places.
When Marge's health began to fail in November 1999, they moved to Pleasant View Estates, Faribault to be close to daughter Diane and her husband John Hagen and had regular visits from their other children, Barbara and Craig and other family members. They enjoyed their new community and church, First English Lutheran. Marge died in March 2006.
Joe moved to Pleasant Manor in August 2006, and continued to go to First English's contemporary service. He loved the band and delighted in seeing the children there. He enjoyed watching the birds at the Nature Center, and was always fond of animals and children. He would tell the nursing staff at Pleasant Manor, "I'm going clubbing," when he went out at night to musical events and plays. Joe enjoyed life and kept his sense of humor even as his ailments grew and his energy decreased. He became ill with pneumonia on Christmas Eve and was in the hospital and nursing home until he died. He always thanked people for helping him. He was a gracious man; a true gentleman.
He is survived by three children, Diane (and John) Hagen of Faribault, Barbara Reinertson (and Spencer Chen) of San Rafael, California, and Craig (and Diane) Reinertson of Springfield, Virginia. He has three grandchildren, Mark (and Tamara) Rein-Hagen of Tbilisi, Georgia, Kristin (and Paul Newsome) of Wilmette, Illinois, and Anna Reinertson of Springfield, Virginia. He had three great-grandchildren, Marjorie and Peter Newsome and Giselle Rein-Hagen. He is survived by his brother Bob Reinertson of Grand Forks, North Dakota, two nephews and two nieces.
He was predeceased by his parents, his sister Dorothy, and his wife Marge.
His burial will be in the late spring at the Gol Lutheran Church Cemetery in Kenyon, Minnesota beside Marge.
Memorials can be sent to First English Lutheran Church, River Bend Nature Center or Faribault Area Hospice.