Margaret Reinhardt

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Margaret “Tookie” M. Reinhardt, nee Billhartz, 88, of Belleville, IL, born July 21, 1929, in New Baden, IL, died Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at her residence.

Mrs. Reinhardt was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was a member of St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, and a member of the Belleville-Swansea Moose Lodge #1221.

Margaret was preceded into God’s arms by her parents, Harry and Agnes, nee Griesbaum, Billhartz; a sister, Mary Haas; a brother, Paul Billhartz; a sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dottie” Salustro; and four brothers-in-law, Richard Haas, George Lanter, Harold Wright, and James Krohne.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Virgil L. Reinhardt, whom she married on March 28, 1951;
four children, Kenneth L. (Suzan) Reinhardt of Punta Gorda, FL,
Thomas G. Reinhardt of Smithton, IL, Nancy A. (Mike) Rule of Caseyville, IL, and Diane M. (Dennis) Mapes of Westminster, CO;
eight grandchildren, Michael Reinhardt, Stephanie Reinhardt, Katie (Paul) Wagner, Jenny (Doug) Kirk, Joe Rule, Allie Calhoon (fiancé, Joshua Johnson), Ryan Mapes, and Shane Mapes;
five great-grandchildren, Ella Kirk, Easton Kirk, Nate Kirk, and Nolan Kirk, and Baby Wagner, on the way;
two brothers, Vincent Billhartz and Denis Billhartz, both of New Baden, IL;
five sisters, Elizabeth “Betty” Haas and Catherine “Kitty” Lanter, both of Mascoutah, IL, Veronica “Patsy” Wright and Agnes “Nellie” (Clinton) Buechler, both of Belleville, IL, and Mary Ann Krohne of Okawville, IL;
and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Margaret’s family would like to thank St. Paul Senior Community and Heartland Hospice for their care of Margaret. They would also like to thank Pat, TJ, Beth, Chris, Verna, and Meagan, the women who gave great care and compassion to Margaret during her last weeks of life.  Also, thank you to Tom, Deb, Patty, Marty, Sue and John whose generosity allowed Marg and Virg to live out their lives together in a peaceful and loving environment.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or to St. Teresa Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation:  Friends may visit with the family from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Teresa Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. David M. Darin officiating.

Burial will be held at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.


3 Comments on Margaret Reinhardt

Darleen Nelson said : Guest Report Jan 22, 2018 at 9:51 PM

Deepest sympathy to the Reinhardts and my Billhartz cousins. May she be resting in peace.

  • Aviston
  • IL
Grace said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 8:18 AM

My sympathy to all the Billhartz and Reinhardt Families. May God bless Tookie, your cousin Grace

  • Breese
  • Il
Elaine Foppe said : Guest Report Jan 20, 2018 at 1:45 AM

So sorry to hear of Margaret's passing. She was a beautiful, caring and loving first cousin.

  • Belleville
  • Il

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