Fr. Kenneth Reinhart, O.F.M. Cap., 70, died Tuesday May 22, 2012, at the St. Paul Home in Kaukauna. He was born on July 3, 1941, in Milwaukee to the late Charles and Delores (Krause) Reinhart.
Kenneth Reinhart was invested with the Capuchin habit on Aug. 31, 1960, and made his first profession of vows on Sept. 1, 1961. He made his perpetual vows on Sept. 1, 1966, and was ordained a deacon on June 22, 1968. He was ordained a priest at the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Marathon on Sept. 13, 1968, by the Most Rev. Frederick Freking, Bishop of La Crosse.
In his more than 50 years as a Capuchin friar, Fr. Ken served in a variety of ministries. He was a director of Formation in Milwaukee and Detroit. He served as pastor of parishes in Saginaw and Hazel Park, Mich. and as director of St. Anthony Retreat Center, Marathon and Capuchin Retreat, Washington, Mich. Fr. Ken also served as provincial minister of the Province of St. Joseph for six years (1987-1993).
He was known for his passion, creativity, directness and administrative skills. Despite his struggles with a number of illnesses, he was committed to his ministries and the people they served, as well as to the Capuchin fraternity.
Fr. Kenneth is survived by his siblings: Richard (Nancy), Brookfield; Albert (Shelby), Menomonee Falls; Gary (Lori), Colgate; Karen, Milwaukee; and Kathy (Mark) Mayer, West Bend. He is also survived by six nephews and eight nieces and a host of other relatives.
Visitation will be held Friday May 25, 2012, at St. Lawrence Seminary Chapel, Mt. Calvary, beginning at 6 p.m. and concluding with a wake service at 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the St. Lawrence Seminary Chapel Saturday, May 26, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in the Friary Cemetery in Mt. Calvary.
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