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Celebration of Life

Hampton Inn - Belmont
Saturday May 25th, 2019

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Reiner L.C. Van Rossum

Reiner L. C. Van Rossum passed away on March 3, 2019, peacefully at home after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.                                                                                                     

Reiner grew up in The Hague where his father ran a grocery store. He and his family endured the German occupation of The Netherlands and the stories he shared with family and friends of that period of his life will forever live in our memories. He vividly recalled the hardships of those times especially the Dutch Hunger Winter. He and his family immigrated to the United States in 1952 and lived for many years in New Jersey.

He met and married his wife Christine Berg in New Hampshire; together they traveled back to the Netherlands several times enabling him to remain connected to loved ones.  A lover of books, Reiner operated the Book Mill stores in Concord, New Hampshire, and in Matthews and Shelby, North Carolina.  Reiner also loved Bridge and the wonderful people that he interacted with as he traveled to countless games. He was a much sought after Bridge partner and was sadly missed as his illness progressed.  

Christine knows that Reiner would not want you to mourn him but rather celebrate his love of life, his wit, his humor, and the courage with which he faced Parkinson's. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Parkinson's Foundation or to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. 

There will be a celebration of his life at:

Hampton Inn – Belmont

820 Cecillia Alexander Dr

Belmont, NC  28012

May 25th, 2019 at 1:00 P.M.


God Saw You

God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped his arms around you,
and whispered, "Come to me".
You didn't deserve what you went through,
So He gave you rest.
God's garden must be beautiful,
He only takes the best
And when I saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

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Silver Fox, I am so grateful that you shared Christine with me a friendship that I will always treasure. I am grateful that Christine allowed me to make cinnamon pecans for you.. You will always be my favorite person to make pecans for. Much love to Christine.

Karen May 15 2019 12:00 AM

Reiner had a great sense of humor. I found him to be very intelligent and quick witted. His stories of his childhood were very interesting. He was very good to my loving sister Christine. We all will miss sering him but never forget him

Jack Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

Sincere condolences. His journey here on earth was a good and successful one, I hope that your memories of his well-lived life give you comfort in the days ahead. Respectfully,

Ali Mar 18 2019 12:00 AM

Ill always remember Reiners unfailing good humour and courage. I dont know how he managed to light up a room with his smile and cheerfulness despite his illness. He was certainly an inspiration in living his life with grace. Thank you Reiner.

kate ramsbottom Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

Rust in vrede Reiner. Loved our meeting three years ago and hearing your most moving history. Suaimhneas sorra dod' anam. Eternal Peace to your Soul. Privileged to have met you. Alice & Pat

Alice and Pat Keane Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

Rest in Peace, Reiner. I fondly remember our visit to Savannah. Christine, Judith and I are sorry for your great loss.

Garry O'Lochlainn Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

Reiner, you always treated Richard and I with love and kibdness and every time we got together for family functions we could pick up conversation as if we had just seen eachother. You were full of humor and wit and want you to know how much you are loved and how much you will be missed!

Lori and Richard Beland Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

Sending my love to you Christine, and all who have felt this loss. Rest In Peace Reiner.

Micheal, Patricia and Mary Chaquette Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss Christine. As always, I am here if you need me.
Reiner, I will miss your laughter.

Eilish Marston Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Reiner Van Rossum

Kathleen Mar 17 2019 12:00 AM

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