YOUNGSTOWN – Reinette W. Uys, 91, passed away on Monday, January 25, 2021 in Youngstown.
She was born in 1929, in Uitenhage, South Africa, daughter of David Schalk and Maryna McKay Weidemann, parents of 12 children.
His father worked in the railroads in the service of the automobile factories in Uitenhage. The Weidemanns and McKays were from Aberdeen, a small town in the Eastern Cape Province. She married Johannes M. Uys in 1952, and she and her husband moved to the United States in 1955. They first lived in Boston and Pittsburgh. In 1960, they moved to Youngstown, where, with the exception of five years in Chicago, they remained for the rest of their lives. In Youngstown, she devoted herself to raising her four children and caring for her husband as he pursued a career in the steel industry. They raised their family in Boardman Township and spent their final years on the north side of Youngstown.
Reinette enjoyed traveling, playing tennis, skiing, hiking, reading and socializing. She was an excellent cook and managed to stay lean and fit, despite her love of sweets. She maintained her joie de vivre, her open-mindedness and her youthful attitude until late in life.
After raising her four children, she became active in the Youngstown community. She was a member of the board of directors of the Stambaugh auditorium. She worked tirelessly for four years to raise funds for the restoration of the auditorium’s EM Skinner pipe organ, which is one of the few in the United States. She enjoyed running and was thrilled to win her age group in the Youngstown Peace Race. She was a member of the Youngstown Country Club, where she enjoyed tennis and swimming. She devoted herself to volunteer work at the Park Vista Retirement Home, as well as at Planned Parenthood, where she was President of the Mahoning Valley Chapter.
She suffered the loss of her son, David, in 1978, and found joy in the lives of her children, Eric Uys, J. Peter Brinker Uys of Atlanta and Tina and Peter Bedell of Chicago; his grandchildren, David and Caroline; and beloved family friend, Charles T. Wingo of Atlanta.
She was a caring and dedicated mother and grandmother.
Estelle van Jaarsveldt is his only surviving brother. In addition to her immediate family, she is survived by 32 nieces and nephews and their children in South Africa, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, United States, Canada, Netherlands , Oman, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
There are no services.
Arrangements were made by Rossi Brothers and Lellio Funeral Home, Boardman.