Claire M. Reinmiller, a beloved member of the community and a dedicated public servant, passed away peacefully on January 22, 2024, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was born on June 11, 1941, in St. Albans, Vermont to her loving parents, Anthony and Fern Burt.
Claire's thirst for knowledge led her to pursue education beyond high school. She graduated from St. Mary's High School in St. Albans, Vermont before further enriching her mind with numerous courses at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Focusing on medical and law enforcement courses, she honed her skills and knowledge in areas that complemented her career.
Claire's lifelong commitment to helping others began early in her career as an emergency medical technician (EMT). She served as an EMT for many years, working tirelessly for various county rescue units and ambulance services. Claire's unwavering dedication to saving lives earned her the respect and admiration of all who knew her. Her compassion and expertise undoubtedly made a significant impact on countless individuals in their moments of greatest need.
In addition to her exceptional work as an EMT, Claire also served as a 911 operator and dispatcher for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Her professionalism and calm demeanor were truly commendable during high-stress situations. Over her tenure of well over 20 years with the department, she played a crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of the community she cherished.
Not only did Claire dedicate herself to public service, but she also had a deep sense of commitment to her family and hobbies that brought her immense joy throughout her life. Claire met the love of her life, Carl Reinmiller, during his time in the Air Force where he served for 26 years.
Claire was extremely proud of her children and grandchildren. She played an active role in their upbringing and care, ensuring they always felt loved and supported. Her children were fortunate to have such a caring and nurturing mother. Claire's grandchildren were the apple of her eye. She was especially enamored with her great-grandchildren. Their laughter and innocence filled her heart with immeasurable joy.
Outside of her professional and familial responsibilities, Claire maintained a rich and fulfilling life full of diverse interests. She was an active member of St. Alphonsus Catholic Church where she led the church clothing bank. Her musical talents shone as she often played the guitar during services, soothing the souls of those who attended. Claire derived immense satisfaction from volunteering her time to help others and strengthen the community bonds that she held dear.
Claire's passion for family extended beyond blood ties as she actively participated in several associations that reflected her values. She was a proud member of the Windsor Park Civic Association, where she was honored as Citizen of the Year for her selflessness and dedication to making a positive difference in her community. Additionally, her involvement with the US Deputy Sheriff's Association and Mississippi Modulators Radio Club showcased her commitment to law enforcement and amateur radio communications.
Throughout her life, Claire found solace in several hobbies that allowed her to unwind and connect with others who shared similar interests. Bowling provided both friendly competition and lasting friendships that brought joy to her life. Camping adventures allowed Claire to appreciate the beauty of nature while creating cherished memories with loved ones.
Claire's remarkable accomplishments did not go unnoticed throughout her lifetime. She received special recognition for professionalism from the US Customs and Border Patrol—a testament to her unwavering commitment to excellence. As an active member of the Jackson County Sheriff's Reserves, she proudly contributed to maintaining law and order in the community she held dear.
As we bid farewell to Claire M. Reinmiller, we carry her spirit of compassion and selflessness in our hearts. Her dedication to serving others, her profound love for family, and her extensive involvement in the community will forever be remembered as a testament to a life well-lived. She leaves behind a legacy that continues to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Claire is survived by her loving husband 62 years, Carl Reinmiller, who shared more than just a lifetime of memories with her but also a deep bond forged through love and resilience. Her son Curt (Jennifer) Reinmiller; her grandchildren Travis (Stephanie) Howie, Kayla Reinmiller, Sarah Depreo, and Chris Depreo; her great-grandchildren Emma Claire Gore and Madeline Depreo. Claire's great-granddaughters will grow up knowing the incredible woman who paved the way for them.
She is preceded in death by a daughter Caren Depreo, a great-granddaughter Sofia Gore and her parents.
In this time of grieving and remembrance, let us hold onto the lessons that Claire M. Reinmiller taught us—the importance of service, devotion to family, and finding joy in life's simple pleasures. While we say our goodbyes with heavy hearts, may we find comfort in knowing that Claire left an indelible mark on this world and will forever be remembered as a beacon of light within our community.
Rest in peace, dear Claire. Your legacy lives on eternally.