Rein Taalman
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 31, 1942
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Mar 15, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Huntington Beach, California, United States
So you have pain now; but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16.22

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Rein Taalman, 72, passed away on March 15, 2015, while residing at the home of his daughter Amanda (Taalman) Krayniak and her family.

Rein Taalman was born in Tallinn, Estonia on July 31, 1942.  He was the second son of Arseni Taalman and Linda Kutt.

When he was 2 years old, his mother left Estonia by ship with him and his older brother Juri as Russian troops were advancing into that country during the closing days of World War II.  The family landed in Germany and made their way through Berlin in the final days of the war.  In a desperate move to escape Russian troops, Linda Taalman carrying her two sons crossed the no-man's land between the Russian and German forces, who held their fire in surprise and consternation.

When the war ended, they were in the British Zone of Germany where they lived in various displaced persons camps until the family was brought to the United States through the Lutheran Welfare Service and settled in Ohio, first in Woodville and eventually in Fremont.

Mr. Taalman attended Ross High School in Fremont, graduating in 1965.  Thereafter he graduated from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps.  After military service, he attended the University of Vienna in Austria and later took courses towards a Ph.D degree at the University of Georgia.

He retired after 22 years as a deputy sheriff at the Cook County Department of Corrections, and was also a parttime teacher for ten years in the inner city schools of Chicago, IL.

Mr. Taalman was preceded in death by his mother and father, and by his second wife, the late Dr. Janet Lohrbach.

He is survived by his first wife, Carol, and their children Kevin (Jaan) Taalman (husband to Andrea Mankin) and Deirdre Taalman, living in Chicago; also by his daughter Amanda (Taalman) Krayniak, daughter of Dr. Janet Lohrbach, and his grandsons Alexander Krayniak and Max Russo (children of Amanda), and Zachary, Jacob and Benjamin Taalman (sons of Kevin).  Rein is also survived by an older brother Juri Taalman of Niantic, Connecticut.

His favorite pasttimes include watching the news, arguing politics, enjoying a hot cup of coffee, classical music, watching boxing and football (go Bears!), being proud of his kids and grandkids, and secretly feeding our dog Molly even though he knew better. We all miss you, pops.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Easter Seals of Chicago Child and Family Connections ( or to the Semper Fi Fund (

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Melissa Wilkinson on 31st July 2015

"Happy Birthday in Heaven!"

This tribute was added by Renate Pealer on 2nd April 2015

"Rein was a beloved classmate at Fremont Ross High School.  His wife Janet wasn't in my class but I knew her and her sister quite well too.  At class reunions it was such a pleasure to chat with Rein.  He was always positive and spoke lovingly of his family.  He will be greatly missed by all the members of the class of '61 of Fremont Ross."

This tribute was added by Alaya K on 23rd March 2015

"I would like to give my condolences to the family of Mr. Taalman. I'm sure he is greatly missed. I would like to share something comforting from the Bible it is found at Acts24:15 "There is going to be a resurrection..." And also at 1Corinthians 15:26 "And the last enemy, death, will brought to nothing." In the future Jehovah God will resurrect all those sleeping in death back to life on earth and reunite them with their families. This enemy death that effects everyone will finally be destory forever because God is going to get rid of it. If you would like to find more comforting thoughts please go to"

This tribute was added by Jim O'Dell on 22nd March 2015

"Rein Taalman, I miss you Brother.  I'm so sorry I didn't get to say "goodbye".  We had a good time, you and I.  It was always fun to visit you in your room and chat it up when everyone was gone.  I remember  one night I came in and we started playing records on your phonograph.  You had a pretty good selection you collected over the years.  I asked  " what is your favorite song ever?"  He hesitated, only briefly because he was trying to remember the band's name, but knew the song.  "Some day we'll be together".  Ahh, the Supremes.  Of course. I dug through the album stash and found the 78.  So, I popped it on, and when the strings start in the song, He got into it. " Ohhh, that's the one".  He followed it up with a story that the song reminded him of as he always did.  He was full of good stories. When the song ended, I hear "Say Jim, will you play that again?"  No problem.  "Say Jim" was asked five more times.  The man dug this song and loved his music.  He then glanced at me and said "Say Jim, can you get me a beer?"  A beer??  What are you thinking?  NO.  Awwww, come on, it's just a beer.  "Shit Rein, can you imagine what Amanda would do if we got caught??  She's not here!  hmmmmm, you're making me nervous.  Well, I guess it wouldn't hurt, but DON'T tell your daughter  Aww, nooo nooo noooo.  We only had a few and had a great time listening to records and telling stories.

Rein was never short of words and always made the best of his situation.  I will miss this most about him.  He loved his coffee and sunny side up eggs too.  "Say Jim, will you make me some eggs"? Anytime brother.

We had a lot of fun living with Rein. I'm so proud of Amanda for moving him in with her and Mr. Alex to look after him.  She's a great girl.  It made Reins life a lot better. I hope you're enjoying Janet's company.  You were right, some day you two were going to be together again.  I love you buddy.


This tribute was added by Anna Karpacheva on 21st March 2015

"I was privileged and honered to meet and work with Mr Taalman. A real gentleman, a loving father, a good friend, a big heart...... I will miss the moments we talked about politics, music, philosophy, life. The time spent with him was really precious and I am lucky that I met him. Rest in peace, Mr Rein! Prayers.."

This tribute was added by Eva Pilch on 20th March 2015

"Rein Taalman was one of the most kind, genuine, caring people I have ever known. He always wanted to do what he could to make the ones around him happy. He would take me and Amanda to cool places like the movies when we were growing up helping make the best childhood memories one could have. He would always have sweet and encouraging words. He was a great example to me, and anyone who was lucky enough to meet him, of what a good man truly is. I can still hear his voice when Amanda would get in trouble as kids do and even that was cute. "Amanda Jean..." he would say and follow it with caring advice. A true asset to this world."

This tribute was added by Melissa Wilkinson on 20th March 2015

"Prayers sent to all of you. Rein was such a kind man and what a character he was! The comment about arguing politics takes me back to times I'd listen to him and Amanda argue politics. To this day I'm still not sure who won!  He had the biggest heart and the gentlest soul. May he rest in peace with his wife Janet.  I have no doubt that they smiled when they saw each other....."

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