Edna Reinert Henke was born October 29, 1939 to Nicholas Aloysius and Anna Catherine Reinert on a farm northwest of Tipton, Kansas. She departed this life of 80 years Friday morning, November 1, 2019 at BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo, Texas.
Edna danced with Edwin Jerome Henke at a church social in Tipton, Kansas which blossomed into a whirlwind romance. On February 1, 1958, they married at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic church in Cawker City, Kansas. On their honeymoon, they moved to Burlington, Iowa so Ed could begin his career at Mason & Hanger, Silas Mason Co. Five children, Denise, David, Doris, Daniel and Darrin were born to this happy union. Edna, while primarily a homemaker, was involved with many activities outside the home: she organized neighborhood Block Parties, danced in the Burlington Follies, and was on the building committee for the new high school.
In 1974, the family relocated to Amarillo, Texas where they have lived since.
Besides attending all of her children’s many activities, Edna was involved in many other endeavors: Amarillo Newcomers Club; several bridge clubs; and St Thomas the Apostle Parish building committee, Parish Board, Altar Guild and Rosary Group. Edna also worked outside the home for several years at Sakowitz and Mr G’s. Some of Edna’s passions were playing bridge, creating and sewing clothing for her girls and herself, decorating/painting/updating her homes, collecting antiques, cooking, and baking (especially her “famous cinnamon tea rings”).
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, three infant siblings, sister-in-law Bonnie Reinert, sister-in-law Helen Goheen, and brother-in-law Harold Henke.
Left to mourn her passing and celebrate her life are her children Denise and husband David Brakey of Garden City, Kansas, David and his wife Michelle Henke of Flower Mound, Texas, Doris and her husband Jay Leverett of Amarillo, Texas, Daniel and his wife Lori Henke of Amarillo, Texas, and Darrin and his wife Mary-Margaret Henke of Denver, Colorado, one brother Richard Reinert of Downs, Kansas, one sister Virginia and husband Wayne Johnson of Denver, Colorado, brother-in-law Alvin Goheen of Andale, Kansas, sister-in-law Evon Henke of Osborne, Kansas, sister-in-law Barbara and husband Eugene Wagner of Downs, Kansas, and sister-in-law Joyce Henke of Downs, Kansas, eleven grandchildren: Richard (Tami) Jagels, Ryan (Shanna) Jagels, Danelle (Jason) Reeves, Reid (Danielle) Jagels, Carson (Sarah) Leverett, Brandon Henke, Britt Henke, Megan Henke, Luke Henke, John Henke, and Michael Henke, nine great grandchildren: Reese, McKenna, Cooper, Jalen, Braden, Jackson, Graysen, Olivia, and Wesley, and many relatives and friends.
Visitation/Rosary will be held at 6 pm on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel in Amarillo, Texas, and funeral services will be held at 10 am on Monday, November 4, 2019 at St Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Amarillo, Texas. Entombment will follow at Llano Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas. The family would like to thank all the caregivers at Ruby Slippers Care, Heartis Amarillo Senior Living and BSA Hospice of the Southwest for lovingly caring for Edna. The family requests memorials be given to either BSA Hospice of the Southwest in Amarillo or the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.