Reinhold Lenz, 90, passed away November 1, 2018

Reinhold Lenz, 90, passed away after a full life, Thursday, November 1, 2018 at Spectrum Lakeland Regional Medical Center, St. Joseph, MI.

Friends and family may join in a celebration honoring Reinhold on Monday, November 5, 2018, from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Starks and Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, Michigan. A service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Riverview Cemetery, St. Joseph, Michigan.   Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church – St. Joseph, or the D.A.N.K. – Chapter 13. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Reinhold was born September 23, 1928 in Luzk, Wolhynien, Poland to Robert and Olga, nee Urbanzyk, Lenz. After his experiences in WWII he was a refugee and joined his family in Heford, Germany, and while there he was trained as a master mason.  On December 30, 1954, he married Helga L. Hollmann in Bad Salzuflen.  They immigrated to the United States and arrived in St. Joseph, Michigan on July 13, 1956, with their eldest daughter Annette.

In 1959, Reinhold and Helga helped co-found and open the D.A.N.K (Deutsches Amerikanisches National Kongress) Chapter 13, where they celebrated their German heritage with many friends and family. Over the years he held various positions at the D.A.N.K, especially enjoying the annual Oktoberfest, Christmas and Easter festivities with his family especially his grandkids. Among his many passions were his family celebrations, filling the room with music by playing his harmonica or singing traditional German songs, and sharing many stories of his youth in Germany.  He worked for 14 years at LECO as their kiln designer, and also built many fireplaces in the surrounding area. In 1972 Reinhold and Helga began their wholesale German import business, Lenz Import Center, which is still active today.

Reinhold is survived by his wife of 63 years, Helga Lenz.  His children Dr. Annette Friend (Dr. Neal Penneys) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Marianne (Mark) Dine of St. Joseph, Michigan; Gabriele (Steve) Radies of Stevensville, Michigan; Christopher Reinhold Lenz (Melinda Wicks) of Stevensville, Michigan.  His grandchildren; Jennifer (Brent) Robbins, Melissa (Joe) Behr, Richard Dine, Chad Radies, Matthew (Sarah) Dine, Justine Radies, Phillip (Alicia) Dine, and Elizabeth (Greg) Schrubba.  Including his great grandchildren; Ashton, Gavin, Kyle, Aunalea, Nathan, Riley, Jacob, Zackary, and Abigail; brother Arnold Lenz, Germany; sister Hildegard Milbrandt, St. Joseph, Michigan; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews both in the United States and Germany.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Herbert Lenz.

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