Helene Reinhardt of Short Hills, NJ passed away on December 12, 2015. Helene was born on April 25, 1919, daughter of Laura and Herbert Ainsworth. She worked for many years with First National Bank, now Wells Fargo. She was a graduate of the American Institute of Banking
Helene was predeceased by her beloved son, Sgt. Jimmy Hanlon, who was killed in action on February 27, 1969, while serving with the 1st Air Calvary in Vietnam. Shortly after her son’s death, she joined the American Gold Star Mothers and became actively involved, eventually becoming the President of the NJ State Department. After the Washington Vietnam Memorial dedication in 1982, Helene became one of the first women appointed by Governor Thomas Kean to serve as a commissioner for the NJ Vietnam Memorial. Through the efforts of the commission, funds were raised for the dedication of the Memorial in Holmdel, NJ. Helene was proud to volunteer for many years at the Veterans Hospitals in the area.
Helene was also predeceased by her loving husband, Robert D. Reinhardt, who passed on December 17, 2004. Helene and Robert were long time members of Canoe Brook Country Club. They thoroughly enjoyed being part of the club, and especially playing golf. They were members of Senior Golf of America and traveled extensively playing and having a grand time with friends One of Helene’s proudest moments was winning her flight at a tournament at The Cloister’s in Georgia. Helene enjoyed gardening, and was especially fond of pansies, her favorite flower. Helene also loved birds, and usually had a “singer’ at the house.
She is survived by her daughter Carol Brasser, of Tampa, FL, three grandchildren Cathleen Brasser, Andrew Brasser (Amy) and Laura Dauphanais (John); 7 great grandchildren Anthony Ferraro, Alicia Ferraro, Daniel Perez, David Perez, Lindsay Brasser, John Thomas Brasser and Cate Brasser.
A Funeral Service will be held at Christ Church, Short Hills, NJ on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 3pm. For more info or to send condolences to the family, visit www.www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com . In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the NJ Veterans Memorial at PO Box 648, Holmdel, NJ 07733 or American Gold Star Mothers at 999 Raritan Ave., Atco, NJ 08004