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Joe was born in California just after WWII ended.  His father was in the Air Force, and the family soon after moved to Japan, where they lived for a few years.  It was during this time that Joe learned to count to 10 in Japanese, which he would show off for the rest of his life.  The family moved back to the US (including his sister, Reni --- his brother John came along a few years later).  Joe graduated from high school in Columbus, Mississippi, and then went to Texas Tech, where he met the woman who would become his wife of 51 years, Joy.  Two sons came along pretty quickly, first Jim and then Jerald.  

Joe spent many years working in the civil service, managing recreation facilities on Air Force bases.  After retiring from the civil service, Joe worked for several years as the Athletic Director at St John Berchmans Catholic School, and then as a director at the NEISD after-school care program, KIN.  He fully retired about 6 years ago, and dedicated his time and energy to his family, grandkids (Aidan, Avery, Andrew, and Isaac), and friends.  Joe's ministry to serve our Lord and help others continued through his volunteer service at SAMM shelter and his church.  

Joe Reiner passed away on October 9, 2020 from advanced lymphoma.  Restaurant buffet managers may breathe a sigh of relief, but the rest of us will profoundly miss his humor and boundless caring for those around him.

A Memorial Service was held at 11AM on Saturday, October 17th at Porter Loring North, 2102 N Loop 1604 E, San Antonio, TX 78232.  A recording of the service is available in the Gallery section under Videos.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe can be made to SAMMinistries (https://www.samm.org/give/give-now/) or Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church (http://www.holytrinitypres.org/online-giving).
Posted by Rosemary Bolte on October 17, 2020
Joy, Brett and I want you to know how much we love you and Joe and will really miss him especially at poker and will miss hearing a new "joe story". He was special and caring...and I liked talking Spurs with him and going to the golf tournament with him. Hope to visit with you soon and please let me know what I can do to help, 
Love you Brett and RB
Posted by Samuel Scarnato on October 17, 2020
Joy, We are old fashioned and still get the newspaper. Saw Joe's life tribute
and just attended the service on line. What a great, kind, loving man.
We really miss the old times with our kids too growing up on Cradlewood.
His smile lives on. Remarkable man that has really touched our hearts during
these problematic times.
Sam & Susan Scarnato
Posted by Alexa Courtney on October 17, 2020
Uncle Joe, you have always embodied grace and loving kindness! Thank you for radiating out your love, concern, kindness, laughter and loyalty to your family, friends, co-workers and even strangers. I have always looked up to you and will continue to reflect on your legacy of love and service. The world is a better place because you lived and loved. I'm honored to have been your niece. Thank you!
Sending all my love and prayers to Aunt Joy, cousins Jimmy, Jerald and Brit, Uncle John, and my mom. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for each of you. Holding you in my heart, always.
Love, Alexa
Posted by Michael Cochran on October 16, 2020
This is very hard. Joe and I were Best Friends. We have been there for each other for over thirty years. We have laughed, cried, worried and prayed together. We have literally spent thousands of hours talking.
There is no kinder or loving man than Joe. He always thought first of someone else. He was always telling me that he had picked up another lost soul and was helping them through what ever difficulty they were experiencing.
There is no one who has had a greater impact on my life than Joe. Joe, I have missed you during Covid19, but while not physically together we were always spiritually together. I'll miss our lunches and talks and I'm not sure what I'm going to do with you gone. I'm grateful you were my friend.
I know you are in Heaven with our Lord and Savior. Hopefully, when my time comes, we will meet again.
Joe, you were one of a kind and the world was a better place with you in it.
Posted by Erin Lecce on October 16, 2020
I was so sorry to hear about Joe's passing. I always loved listening to Joy's stories about him. My favorite story was the year he wrote the Christmas letter and included his and Joy's ages in the letter. It was the best listening to her tell that story. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Posted by Julie Norton on October 15, 2020
Joy, So sorry to read of Joe’s passing. Wonderful memories of love and fun he left to family and friends. Our sympathies & best wishes are with you!
Posted by Karen White on October 15, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the Reiner family. Joe was such a good man, as husband to Joy, as a father to Jim and Jerald, as a coach to my son Chris, and as a friend to me. I will remember his smile, his love of family, food, sports, and how tall he was! May memories comfort you and bring you peace. 
Posted by Gianantonio (JJ) Michelon on October 14, 2020
Joe, my friend, you will be missed! He helped me out when I was the Athletic Director at Saint Leo's in SA. He taught me all the tricks of the trade-in a couple of hours. He was the best at creating a comfortable environment where the students relaxed and played. He was welcoming and inclusive. If somebody was in need, there was Joe helping him out. I am sure now he is setting up a recreation facility in Heaven. Good Bye coach. See you on the other side...and if we practice enough we can shoot better then Jerald. Blessings to all.
Posted by Laura Rogge on October 13, 2020
Joe was an excellent coworker and mentor. I am privileged to know and to work with him at KIN. Prayers and peace to all who are missing him.
Posted by Bernita Helberg on October 13, 2020
Joe Reiner was one of the best. I met him when I worked with Joy for more than 25 years. I always enjoyed him at our many functions. He loved to talk and eat. Many functions just didn’t have enough food for him. Many at our table passed him food we didn’t eat. We had so many laughs over the years. I will miss him.

My sympathy to the family. He loved his family and his friends. God be with you all. I’m glad he left great memories. 
Posted by Peggy Scott on October 12, 2020
Joe was so kind and easy going every time I was around him
just a special guy
Joy so sorry for this sad time
Love you beautiful lady
Joe and you were lucky to have each other
Thankful you have great memories
Love you Peggy

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Posted by Rosemary Bolte on October 17, 2020
Joy, Brett and I want you to know how much we love you and Joe and will really miss him especially at poker and will miss hearing a new "joe story". He was special and caring...and I liked talking Spurs with him and going to the golf tournament with him. Hope to visit with you soon and please let me know what I can do to help, 
Love you Brett and RB
Posted by Samuel Scarnato on October 17, 2020
Joy, We are old fashioned and still get the newspaper. Saw Joe's life tribute
and just attended the service on line. What a great, kind, loving man.
We really miss the old times with our kids too growing up on Cradlewood.
His smile lives on. Remarkable man that has really touched our hearts during
these problematic times.
Sam & Susan Scarnato
Posted by Alexa Courtney on October 17, 2020
Uncle Joe, you have always embodied grace and loving kindness! Thank you for radiating out your love, concern, kindness, laughter and loyalty to your family, friends, co-workers and even strangers. I have always looked up to you and will continue to reflect on your legacy of love and service. The world is a better place because you lived and loved. I'm honored to have been your niece. Thank you!
Sending all my love and prayers to Aunt Joy, cousins Jimmy, Jerald and Brit, Uncle John, and my mom. I can't imagine how difficult this must be for each of you. Holding you in my heart, always.
Love, Alexa
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Rinko

When Joe lived in Japan, around the age of six or so, a young Japanese woman worked for his dad on the Air Force base.  Her name was Rinko.  Joe kept in touch with her for the next seventy years, exchanging phone calls on birthdays and sending letters and pictures.  She called this September 30th as well, but unfortunately Joe was not well enough to take her call.

On a happier note, Jim started working for Hitachi in 2012 and had the opportunity to travel to Japan later that year on business.  Joe arranged with Rinko for Jim to stop by, and Rinko could not have been nicer.  She was so nice, in fact, that Jim found another excuse to go to Japan in 2014, this time with Paula for a month.  They both visited Rinko, and met her two sons.

Just one example of how Joe was able to bring people together in ways that would have been impossible to predict.


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Joe

Shared by Teri Wanat on October 17, 2020
Beautiful service. Our prayers and condolences to all the Reiner family. Tom and Teri Wanat.

Joy's Haiku: You Are Not Alone

Shared by Reni Courtney on October 17, 2020
Her calm presence in
Ongoing Spinning terror 
Joe’s strength and his rock

Joey's Haiku

Shared by Reni Courtney on October 17, 2020
Gentle Brother mine
Burning your love through the stars
To our hearts forever