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Kathleen Mary Moynahan Reinartz



January 1, 1941 - November 10, 2022

After a long life filled with love and laughter, Kathleen Mary Moynahan Reinartz died quietly and peacefully in her sleep on November 11, 2022. She was born on January 1, 1941, to Stella and Cornelius (Dint) Moynahan in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and grew up in Eliot, Maine.  Kathy was a handful from the very beginning. She lived life to the fullest, pushed the limits as often as possible and somehow avoided getting into any serious trouble. 

As a teenager, she was a waitress at Valle’s Steak House and took great pride in teaching the tourists how to eat a lobster. She attended Gorham State Teachers College but decided higher education was not for her. Fortunately, her sister Hannah came home from the Army and convinced her to move to Washington DC. They shared an apartment together and wreaked much havoc. During that time, Kathy met Ronald Reinartz. They fell in love, were married and started having kids. They also moved quite a bit, living in Colorado and Montana and finally ending up in California where they spent most of their time together. Friends were made and kept through all these travels and there were many parties and good times. They had 3 children, Ron Jr, Therese and Eric. 

As a mom and homemaker, Kathy spent much time volunteering at schools, driving for the American Cancer Society, bowling and golfing. She made friends everywhere she went. A couple of years after divorcing, Kathy met her next love – Buck Hook. They spent 25 years together golfing, partying and going to Mexico. They would spend 3-4 months every year in Zihuantanejo, and every year Kathy swore she was going to learn Spanish.  

In 2018, she lost her great love and moved into a Senior Living Community where she also made great friends and left an impression. Kathy’s life was one well lived. Through the ups and downs, she carried on with a smile, a joke, a hug, sarcasm, sassiness and just a general zest for life.  She threw amazing parties (especially St. Patrick's Day and New Year’s Eve) where all the food was homemade, and guests stayed until the sun came up. The world was blessed to have her and won’t be the same without her.  

Kathy is survived by her three children, Ronald Reinartz and his wife Sharon, Therese Johnston and Eric Reinartz. Her grandchildren Sarah Coleman, Steven Reinartz, Ian Johnston, Austin Yoder and Eric Reinartz, JR. She is also survived by her sisters Hannah Wynne and Karen Parrot and brothers Gerald (Jerry) and Corneilius (Bud) Moynahan. And of course, she is survived by nieces and nephews and other family and many friends. 

There will be a Celebration of her life on Thursday December 15 in San Jose, CA. Please notify the family if you would like to attend. 

Thank you to everyone who loved her and looked after her. She was very lucky to have you all.   

I love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

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