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Charlotte Reinemann

Charlotte Howlett Reinemann

Sunday, November 10th, 2019
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Surrounded by her three sons, Charlotte Howlett Reinemann, a lifelong Medfield resident, died peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2019 at The Thomas Upham House in Medfield after a long illness. She was 86 years old. Just two weeks earlier she had been performing Broadway show tunes on the piano while her housemates sang along.
Born in Boston to the late Leslie and Edith Howlett, she was raised and educated in Medfield graduating with the class of 1950. She earned a BS in Library Science from Simmons College in Boston in 1954 and moved to New York City where she worked at the New York Public Library. In 1957 she earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University. Returning after graduation to her work at the New York Public Library, she met and married Richard Louis. After living in New Jersey near Richard’s parents for several years, she and Richard moved back to Medfield in 1965. She worked part-time at the Needham Public Library while raising her young family, later becoming the librarian with the Dover-Sherborn Regional Junior High School, where she worked for 25 years. Charging herself to instill a love of reading in those young teenagers, she never insisted that books be returned, happy to know they were with her students. As she wrote to the editor of the Boston Globe opposing an effort at book banning, “my job is to light candles, not extinguish them.” Her home was always warm and welcoming with an extra dinner setting or two always ready; you just were never sure what exactly would be coming out of the pot on the stove. While her boys were growing up, the house and yard contained an ever changing collection of animals: rabbits, lambs, piglets, goats, ducks, chickens, cats and dogs.
She was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent in Medfield and the Medfield Historical Commission. Her many adventures included a trip to Zimbabwe where she fell in love with the people and their culture, a sabbatical in London and another sabbatical to care for her first grandchild. In her retirement, she enjoyed playing the piano and learning to play the organ, singing with the choir and spending time with her family and friends. In the morning, any variety of music could be heard coming from her prized Steinway grand piano. And on most warm afternoons her laugh could be heard on the back porch as she enjoyed a libation marveling at the hummingbirds just on the other side of the screen. Parties at her home were famous and infamous, most ending with riotous jam sessions among all those in attendance using the great variety of musical instruments she collected over the years. It was a life lived to the fullest.
Charlotte was married for 58 years to the late Richard Louis. She leaves three loving sons, Peter H. Reinemann and his wife Christine of New Canaan, CT, Michael R. Reinemann and his wife Stephanie Williams of Beverly, and R. Louis Reinemann, Jr. and his wife Deborah of Dover. She also leaves six grandchildren, Elise, Eric, his wife Amanda (nee Marcelle), Peter Jr., Matthew, Luke, and Heidi, and one great granddaughter born earlier this year, Charlotte Mae.
The Funeral Liturgy will take place Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 11:00 AM at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 28 Pleasant Street, Medfield with The Reverend Marc Eames, Rector, officiating. Donations can be made in her name to the Medfield Public Library or the The Episcopal Church of the Advent, Medfield.
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    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, November 30th, 2019 11:00am
    Church of the Advent
    28 Pleasant Street
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Don Cannon

Posted at 11:04am
So sorry to hear about Charlotte's passing. I taught with her at the Middle School for several years and came to realize very quickly that there wasn't anyone like her. A true inspiration and a force to be reckoned with at all times! I loved her optimism and love of life. I valued her intelligence and wit. She could deal effortlessly with kids of all stripes, always finding a way to make them feel good about themselves. Who else would go with me up to the mountains of New Hampshire with a bus load of kids to camp out and hike (well, besides Barbara Keough)?! We lived right around the corner from the Reinemanns and walked the kids up to see Richard and Charlotte all the time. It was an adventure the kids loved and a ritual Laura and I treasured. My sincere condolences to the family. I know, however, that her spirit will never diminish for them. Don and Laura Cannon

Mike Reinemann Posted at 10:59am

Hi Mr. Cannon, thanks for your kind note. I still have the 1972 edition of the AMC's White Mountain Guide that she gave me for my 10th birthday. She loved hearing about my hiking adventures, a love that she instilled starting with Mt. Cardigan. Mike R.

Peter and Jan O'Neil

Posted at 04:45pm
Dear Charlotte,
Always a kind word or a soft touch when we would meet at church. You and Richard were an inspiration to devoted love, and were among the pillars in our christian community. We will miss you dearly, though comforted that you are back eternally with your dear Richard.
Rest in peace Charlotte.
The O'Neil Family, Church of the Advent

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Posted at 02:51pm
My deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult time.
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Posted at 10:01am
With love from the Thanner Family
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Osler L. Peterson

Posted at 12:13pm
Please accept my condolences. I met Charlotte by happenstance when many years ago I happened to jog past her home (I live near by). I think that she and Dick must have been out working in their garden, and as a gardener too I must have admired their produce to them and we had a conversation. The next thing I knew, she had figured out where I lived and brought me a shopping bag of her tomatoes, and in the process won my heart forever by her neighborliness, and my respect for her gardening skills. It was probably during one of one of my many unsuccessful gardening years. I always enjoyed and looked forward to all my subsequent conversations and interactions with both Dick and Charlotte. She was so thoughtful, so kind, and so truly interested.

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