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Charles "Chuck" Reinbrecht

Died: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019


Visitation

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Location: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church


Celebration of Life

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 16, 2019
Location: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church


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Charles "Chuck" Reinbrecht, Jr., 91, of Mechanicsburg, died January 28th, 2019.

His Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, February 16th at 11 AM, at Mt Olivet United Methodist Church, 5000 Simpson Ferry Rd. Visitation with family at Mt. Olivet from 10-11 AM before the service.

“When can you meet me for breakfast?”
With “Chuck”, a breakfast invitation was the order of the day.
You could tackle the problems of the world over coffee. Or a good investment move. The next Bible study topic. The weather.
I imagine a breakfast date was his first query at the pearly gates, too.

Wonder how Jesus likes His coffee?

Chuck died in the early morning hours, Monday, January 28th, 2019. He had a profound stroke a week prior, was hospitalized, then under hospice care. It was a hard week of hope, then deep sadness and loss. The family is immensely grateful to West Shore Hospital ICU and 5th floor staff for amazing care and support. And to the Hospice of Central Pennsylvania.

Until the end, he focused on how to get around. Where was his wheelchair? His walker? His scooter?

And computers. Chuck had the very first Apple computer, and there wasn’t a day after that he wasn’t behind a computer screen. The whole world at his fingertips.

Decisive. Self determined to a “fault”, made more understandable by his biography. A lot of time raising himself. Rational thought over emotion. An introvert who extroverted thru his love of teaching.

Charles “Chuck” H Reinbrecht, Jr. was born in Philadelphia. Nothing normal after that.

At one, he was packed off to China by his missionary parents, Charles Sr. and Maize. On the boat he toddled around under the watchful eyes of Johnny Weissmueller, who won Olympic Gold (swimming) in Amsterdam that year.

Chuck grew up in China from his first year to his 14th. Mostly home schooled by Maizie, his mother, occasionally by others in the faith community. He soon “acquired” 2 sisters, Janet and then Georgeanna “Dusty”, learned and forgot Chinese, and returned state side periodically to visit grandparents and travel the US.

With limited options for high school, Chuck was put on the last ship out of China, bound for the US, in 1941. He attended the Stony Brook School on Long Island, a Christian boarding school (“Character before Career”).

In China, the Japanese interred Chuck’s parents and sisters in Shantung Compound, where they remained for the rest of WWII. Their experience is its own story (read Shantung Compound by Langdon Gilkey).

Imagine being alone, in boarding school, not knowing what was happening to your family, or if you’d ever see them again. For years. Then being drafted into the war. Chuck was on a troop train when the first atomic bomb was dropped. He was redirected from an almost certain terrible landing in Japan to the Army of Occupation in Germany.

Returning state side, Chuck graduated from Lehigh with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. And a new West Chester State girlfriend, Jeanette, introduced on a blind date. Two years later Chuck popped the question and they were married in June, 1951. This year, 2019 would have been their 68th anniversary.

Children followed, of course. Brenda, Jennifer and Jeff.

Pounding the proverbial pavement, Chuck landed a position with IBM. Starting in engineering, Dusty his sister remembers him in his white shirt and suit at the end of the work day absolutely filthy from equipment repair. From engineering, he moved into marketing and (no surprise here) teaching other IBM managers & staff.

When IBM was looking for staff in overseas markets, Chuck jumped at the opportunity. He landed in Kuala Lumpor, Malaysia as an instructor for a year, then Bangkok, Thailand as a country manager for two more years. Jeanette, now with three children in tow, knew there was no negotiation. His mind was set for a return to Asia. She became adept at negotiating children, airlines, vaccines, customs, disasters and the unknown, mostly travelling without Chuck, who was already on the job.

After 3 tours in Asia, the family returned to the US, living in Manhasset, Long Island, Stamford, CT and Potomac, MD before Chuck retired from IBM in 1983.

Enamored from the beginning with personal computers and the early internet (remember The Source?), Chuck’s next act was starting a business, PC Concepts. Serving the Washington, DC beltway, PC Concepts taught  software applications to federal executives and others. Jeanette was his office manager and “staff” – receptionist, accountant, executive secretary, collections, personal manager and admin. The business ran for five years before being usurped by easier, on line training opportunities in emerging software. He also trained with H & R Block, did tax returns and taught their personnel.

After exploring their old haunts around Harrisburg, Chuck and Jeanette moved to Mechanicsburg. He became active in investments and training. For Chuck investing was “the parable of the talents”, a way to save money, allow it to grow for the future and use the increase in your life and goals. He did most of his work and teaching through the non profit National Association of Investment Clubs (NAIC).

Chuck loved exploring and deepening his relationship with the Creator, a good mystery, science fiction and Star Trek, sunrises and sunsets, happy hour, travel, the ocean, St Augustine, Florida, a good piece of key lime pie, and breakfast dates.

He is survived by his loving, extremely patient and forbearing wife, Jeanette, three “kids” – Brenda Lamberti (Nick, Mechanicsburg), Jennifer Reinbrecht (Brian, Denver, CO) and Jeff Reinbrecht (Jackie, Point of Rocks, MD). His grandsons Steven Lamberti (Sara), Eric Lamberti, great grand-daughter Audrina Lamberti and her blended family Noah and Allison, and his sisters Janet Reinbrecht (Mechanicsburg) and Georgeanna “Dusty” Knisely (Dillsburg).

If you’d like to make a donation or gift please direct them to New Hope Ministries or Mission Central.


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Cindy Kern
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Dear Jeanette and family - I was so very sorry to learn about the passing of this passionate Christian man. I regretted not hearing his lessons on the Gifts of the Spirit and other lessons this man has offered. His passion was following his Lord and Savior and he was devout in serving the Lord. The evidence was the way he lived his life. Chuck kept the bar high and called me to task several times and I became a better person because of it. He touched so many lives and I know that they are better for it. May you find comfort and peace in the arms of the Lord.

Denise Losch
   Posted Mon February 04, 2019
Chuck was such a nice man and always had a kind and loving smile. Hold onto the memories and may God wrap his loving arms around you and your family during this difficult time.
Blessings,
Denise and Steve Losch

ERNEST C GRAHAM
   Posted Tue February 05, 2019
Remember Chuck from IBM and BIG (breakfast investment club.

Angela Maraventano
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Dear Jeanette and Family,

The sad news of Chucks passing just reached me and I was so sorry to hear it. He was a wonderful guy who lived such a full life and left a lasting impact on all who knew him. I was fortunate to be one of those people.

Our visit to your terrace was always a highlight of our stay in Ocean Gallery. Being around him was an inspiration. He knew so much about so many things.

Our trips to his favorite restaurant that served special shrimp was an annual treat. I will be forever grateful for his expertise packing the trunk of my car. He was a genius at fitting so much in such a limited space.

My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Love,

Angela


Jen Wall
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Chuck always had a smile and he was always heading somewhere! He was a wonderful Christian man. We loved him here in St. Augustine!

Phyllis Thorpe
   Posted Wed February 13, 2019
Dear Jeanette, I am so sorry for your loss. I always fondly remember you and Chuck when I hear the hymn "Lord of the Dance". I'm sure the tune will be playing in my head Saturday morning, as you celebrate Chuck's life with friends and family. We miss having you "snowbird" here, and I hope you will come back for a visit some time.
With love,
Phyllis Thorpe, First United Methodist Church of St. Augustine

Rev. Dan Shutters
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Chuck was always an encouragement and support to my pastorate and to me personally. When we had our breakfasts I seemed to be always a few minutes late, and his cheerful manner never failed.

Steve W. (BetterInvesting NAIC)
   Posted Thu February 14, 2019
Investing was a passion of Chuck's, very persistent about DRIP's (a way of investing). His energy inspired us all. We did not know his life history, but how many of us know each others, until the end. Chuck had a way with words. A loss for us all, especially family, and close ones. But, let us all celebrate a great life......... Steve

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