Susan Reinhart

Mar 1st 1951 — Jun 30th 2022 (71 years)

Biography

Susan Rose Reinhart will live on within the hearts of all of us who were lucky enough to know her. She passed on June 30, 2022 at Georgian Triangle Hospice in Collingwood, Ontario, at the age of 71.

Susan was born in Guelph, Ontario to parents Herb and Margaret Bellamy. It was in Guelph where she met and married the love of her life, Gerry, who predeceased her in 2015.

She is survived by her son Jeffrey and wife Sasha (Courtenay, BC), daughter Julie and husband Scott (Collingwood, ON), and her beloved granddaughter Stella (Collingwood, ON).

Susan loved nothing more than to take care of those she loved. She was always checking in with friends and family, or making a meal for them or chatting on the phone. It was connection that mattered the most to her. Susan loved to entertain and celebrate. She and Gerry were fond of hosting dinner parties and card games with friends.

Susan had a special sense of humour and was fun to be around. Always truly concerned about those she loved and how they were doing, she wouldn’t hesitate to lend a hand or offer a cold drink!

It came naturally to Susan to teach others, in part because she had more patience than most, in part because she had a particularly strong will, and in part because she had a passion to see others succeed. Plus, you just couldn’t put much past her! She was a fiercely loyal and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother (“Grammie”), and friend. She learned to be strong and resilient and it carried her through life.

Susan dedicated many years of her life to her work as an educational assistant at St. Peter Elementary School, a vocation which she genuinely loved and took great pride in. Through her work, she made friendships that she cherished and she made an important difference in the lives of many children, some of whom kept in touch with her throughout their adult lives.

In her last years, her most important role was caring for her "Bestie" Stella. Susan was a truly special grandmother to Stella. They had a close bond that was very beautiful to watch. We are so thankful for her sturdy and continued presence in Stella’s life, teaching Stella to treat others with kindness and respect, to read and write, to bake and tidy up after herself, and to get a laugh out of life.

Susan battled for many months to recover from a devastating stroke, but ultimately succumbed to her injuries. She is now at peace, reunited with her dear Gerry. Her family will celebrate Susan in private and would welcome receiving messages and memories from those who knew and loved her. Messages can be left here on this celebratory website.

For those who would like to remember Susan, please consider a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Notes of Condolences about Susan

Wayne and Angela Ostetto

5 months ago

My first time meeting Susan and Gerry was on Sanderson. I was so happy to read that I  share the same memories with many of you. Their back porch get togethers was always good, and the grill cheese sandwiches on Saturdays even better. I would further enjoy and now miss and cherish our beer and burger dates in Toronto and then in Collingwood.


She was always so kind, thoughtful, giving and her motherly love to me and my family was always heart warming.She accepted everyone as they were. There was no judgement. The Rienharts will always be considered my extended family and Susan, you will be forever in my heart.

Phil LeBeau

5 months ago

Sorry for your loss, Mrs. Reinhart as she will always be to me, was part of our classes for many years at St. Peter's with a infectious smile and had a knack for getting the best out of you. Her unwavering kindness and care for everyone she met transitioned into adult life with her taking the same care and attention to connecting through social media and being ever supportive.



Michael Giguere, Dana Bryant Giguere

5 months ago

Dear Jeff & Sasha, Julie and Scott and Stella: A beautiful tribute you wrote about your mother. Indeed, she is now together with the love of her life, Gerry. Two gentle, kind, generous of spirit, and loving people. The world is a better place for them having been in it. Of course, they raised two fine people of the same warmth and kindness who in turn found the loves of your lives—and the virtuous cycle continues. Our thoughts are with you as you journey through your grief. Love and hugs to all.

Abby-Rose

5 months ago

Julie and Jeff- what a beautiful tribute. Susan will be truly missed. Lucky enough to grow up so close to the Reinhart family, I often got to appreciate Susan’s amazing hospitality and warm heart. She made the BEST grilled cheese sammies. She cared for my family and myself, like we were her own. Jules, Jeff, Scott, Sasha, and mostly Stella, hold her memory close to your heart. She is with you. XOXO

Susan McBride

5 months ago

Susan was such a warm and giving person… I will always remember how we met.. Shortly after my Husbands sudden death, I picked up Julie to go into school with my two young daughters (shy to go in alone after such a tragedy). Susan came out on her porch and asked what I was doing after I dropped them. I had NO idea what to do…. She said… “come back, we’ll have coffee” and our wonderful friendship started that moment! She will be greatly missed by many…. Love to you.. Julie and Jeff. 💕

Donna Nichol

5 months ago

Sue and I met in high school. Gerry and Susan and John and I were married the same year and lived in the same apt. building. We got together as often as we could taking turns at each others home for a great supper, game of cards, a few drinks and lots of laughs... So many good memories.

Our condolences to Julie, Jeff and families.

Dee Hazelaar

5 months ago

I was lucky enough to grow up down the street from the Reinharts. I will always have such wonderful memories of how welcoming Mrs. Reinhart was of everyone in her home. A cool drink on her back patio in the summer or a hot chocolate in winter were always available to us. We would all walk to school with her in the morning. She took special care and looked out for all of us at St. Peter school. My condolences on her passing. She was a very special person and created many wonderful memories for those who knew her.

Josie Di Leonardo

5 months ago

A very special lady will be greatly missed! My condolences to Julie , Scott and families and especially Stella who lost her best friend!


Mike and Beth McCuen

5 months ago

So very sorry to hear of Susan’s passing. She was a wonderful EA, coworker and friend. Susan was my first EA and I learned so much from her. I was blessed to have known her. She spoke so often of how proud she was of Jeff, Julie and then Stella. Sending all of you our sympathy and love. Fly with the angels, Susan!

Norina Morris

5 months ago

Susan had the remarkable ability to be a gentle leader, colleague and friend within the St. Peter’s Community. She connected with students, staff and parents with great compassion, understanding and a sense of humour. She was a positive influence on all those she touched. Her smile, laughter and love of life are blessed memories for me. Susan loved and was loved. My heartfelt condolences to Julie, Jeff and all her family and friends who will miss her.

Susan Rout

5 months ago

Sue was a lovely person. I really enjoyed her company. She was a tremendous help at my sister's memorial service as well as many other social events we enjoyed together. She will be greatly missed by all of us. My biggest sadness about Sue's passing is that she will never see her granddaughter Stella grow up; for that, my heart breaks into pieces.

Rebecca Church

5 months ago

I was blessed enough to meet Susan at St. Peter’s. She was one of the first people I met when I first started and instantly made me feel welcomed and at home. She was an EA in my room and I immediately fell in love with her sense of humour and her ability to connect with the children. She always had a kind word, joke, word of encouragement or compliment to give me. I absolutely adored work with her and was missed her when she retired. Facebook was a wonderful way to keep in contact with her and even through that, she continued to offer kind words to me and my family. A wonderful lady who will be missed. She is one of a kind and is definitely laughing and living it up with Gerry!

Julian and Harriet

5 months ago

We met Susan, Gerry and Julie when our daughter married Jeff. It was easy to love such a warm and sweet family.

Happily, we were able to spend more hours travelling and visiting with them but all too sporadically because of the great distance between Ontario and western Canada.

Susan was a sincere and open person and so quick to smile and welcome us whenever we met. Even though we were miles apart she always kept in touch. We are deeply saddened that we were not able to spend more time with Susan. Our deepest condolences to her family on the loss of such a warm and caring mother and grandmother.



Tracy

5 months ago

My fondest memory of my Aunt Suz was when I was little … she and my uncle Gerry would always take me to the A&W drive in in Guelph for a treat when I came for a sleep over .. I would sit in the back of my uncles sports car and wait with anticipation as the server would bring our order and put it on the little tray !I would sit between the two of them eating my fries and feeling so special!

I loved spending weekends with my aunt and uncle , taking trips with them around Ontario and juts hanging out with them .

My Aunt was an amazing kind women who always gave the best hugs !! Time and circumstance caused us to drift apart , but she was always in my heart ❤️. I was so very happy to have been able to re connect with my Aunt 💕.

She will be so missed , but such a life well lived !

Ginny Rigby

5 months ago

I met Susan when I supplie at St. Peter's. I loved talking to her during lunch or breaks. She had a great sense of humour which I very much appreciated. But I think what I remember the most was her interactions with her "kids ". She was totally no nonsense, kept them working, but the sense of her love and caring for her students was so evident. They always knew she could be counted on, but don't mess with her! I'm so sorry for your loss. She was a lovely, generous, caring person. My deepest condolences to all of you.

Clare Dow

5 months ago

So many great memories of Susan when I was teaching at St. Peter’s! Susan always had a shoulder you could lean on and an ear to listen to anything anyone had to share! If you needed someone to lean on, Susan was there for you!

I remember her inviting me to come for Thanksgiving dinner one year when I was on my own! Both Gerry and her always made you feel welcome!

I am saddened by this news and I will always keep her in my memories!

Mariella

5 months ago

I’m truly sorry for the loss of your beloved Mother. I met Susan working at the same school. She was a beautiful person who gave her all no matter what it was. I feel blessed to have known her.

cheryl figliuzzi

5 months ago

I'm so sorry to here of your loss, Susan was a incredible person. here love with the kids she worked with at st.peters. she had an incredible heart.

Jade

5 months ago

One year, my mum and I visited Canada for Christmas. Susan and Gerry were gracious enough to invite us into their home (having never met us before), and made us feel so welcome. I still think about that trip, and will forever remember how special that Christmas was. Susan always had a twinkle in her eye and her laughter filled the room. Her passing is a huge loss, however I hope it brings comfort to her family that she's now reunited with her beloved Gerry. May she rest in peace, with all my love x

Jillian Heaver

5 months ago

I met Susan just last year when I first moved to Collingwood. We were both on the Facebook Newcomers page and each of us were looking for a walking partner. We met down by the bay and each week for a few months we met for a walk, coffee, lunch or shopping. She was a wonderful lady and we hit it off right away. I really felt I had made a great new friend in Collingwood. I am so sorry she is gone and I wish the family sincere condolences.

Louise

5 months ago

Visiting Canada at Christmas, Susan and Gerry made us feel so welcome, then after that everytime we visited Toronto again, we had a visit to Susan, that was a must, the whole family made us welcome, she was a lovely lady, will be sadly missed, sending hugs and kisses to you all from over the pond 🥰

Penny

5 months ago

Julie what a lovely tribute to your Mother. She was truly one special lady. Your Mom and Dad always made me welcome whenever we got a chance to see one another. These fond memories will always live in your Scott and Stella's hearts. Always know I'm here should you wish to bend my ear. Love you 💕

Lena Gatto

5 months ago

When l was first assigned a kindergarten class at St Peter Juli was in my class.What a delightful little girl! Susan volunteered in many ways. Pizza Days , Pancake Tuesdays , Hot Dog Days. She had amazing organizational skills. She was a dear friend .

After my retirement in 1997 we only kept in touch through Facebook.

I regret not making an effort to see her in person.

Rest In Peace, Susan!🙏

Nancy

5 months ago

I hit the jackpot the day I walked into the Reinhart household. I was always welcomed with a warm hello and hug from either Susan or Gerry (sometimes both 🙂).

Susan was like a second mother to me, always available for a chat, tea date or a cold drink. I will miss her advice, hugs, big smile, great laugh and zesty use of emoji’s in her text messages. Losing her has left a hole in my heart, I will forever cherish the time we spent together

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