Joseph W. Rinehart

Joseph W. Rinehart, 87, formerly of Strasburg, passed away January 9, 2018 at Willow Valley Retirement Community from pulmonary fibrosis. He was the husband of Carolyn R. Rinehart who died in 2003. Born in Philadelphia July 23, 1930 to Walter S. Rinehart and Sarah (Bryson) Rinehart. Survived by his sister Joan Witmer of Lutherville, MD; children, Joseph S. of Reading, PA, Dr. Ann (Dr. Joseph Braun) of St. Paul, MN, and Theodore of Ephrata; grandchildren Peter, Andrew, and John Paul Braun; nieces Susan Wolffe and Sarah Gill; and loyal friend Marie Risolia.

A 1949 graduate of JP McCaskey High School, Joe owned Walter S. Rinehart & Sons Used Cars, Strasburg, a business that operated from 1935-1995. He became partners with his father in 1952 and sole owner in 1962. Joe was well known for his humorous salesmanship. His hard work ethic and honest reputation earned him a loyal customer following. After retirement, Joe was a volunteer tour guide with the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and applied his charm to increase museum donations. He was also a member of the Strasburg Lions Club.

Joe loved God, his wife, his children and grandchildren, animals, music, cars and Sunday road trips.  Joe was an outgoing, friendly person who enjoyed striking up conversations with anyone. Following his move to Willow Valley, he made it his personal mission to bring joy and blessings to someone on a daily basis. He was a proud 74 year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. A special thanks to Willow Valley staff for their compassionate care.

Viewings will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA; and again on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. The funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the church with the Rev. Robert K. Bronkema officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Strasburg Cemetery.

Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made in memory of Joseph W. Rinehart to the First Presbyterian Church of’ Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.

4 thoughts on “Joseph W. Rinehart

  1. Your father was always a friendly and caring neighbor. He was particularly good to ALL members of my family, especially when we were in need of a good, reliable used car:) May you be comforted knowing he is no longer suffering physically and in Heaven with his beautiful wife and our Lord and Savior. I am happy he chose to live on Hillcrest Ave so that I was able to grow up with his wonderful children.

  2. For the Reinhart family – your father was a good friend who always smiled and said “Hello” to all of us in the RR Museum store. We ‘ve missed him over the last months – from all us at the museum store we send our sympathy and prayers.

  3. MY SYMPATHY GOES OUT TO THE RINEHART FAMILY, JOE AND HIS SENS OF HUMOR WILL BE MISSED AROUND STRASBURG. JOE WAS LIKE GARY MYERS WAS TO THE TOWN OF STRASBURG THEY WERE BOTH PILLLARS OF THE COMMUNITY AND WOULD HELP YOU IN ANY WAY THEY COULD. JOE AND GARY BOTH COULD MAKE YOU LAUGH AND LIFT YOUR SPIRITS ON A BAD. REST IN PEACE JOE.

  4. Mary and Henry send their regrets about the death of your father. We enjoyed seeing all of you again, but not under these circumstances. All of you must have many happy memories about both of your parents and the fun you enjoyed on Hillcrest Avenue. God gave us the wonderful gift of memory. May God be with you at this difficult time.
    Regretfully,

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