Lois (Katz) Reiner, 82 years of age, of West Hartford died Saturday, March 16, 2013. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Pinney and Ceil (Marcus) Katz. Lois was a graduate of Weaver High School, Bryant College, and Tobe-Coburn School of Fashion, NY and was employed in the fashion merchandising field by The Merchandising Group Inc of NY, as a liaison between the manufacturers of raw goods and the local retailers. She worked for Mrs. Auerbach at G. Fox & Co., and was the former Director of Public Relations for The Hartford Ballet Company.
She is a founding member of Beth El Temple in West Hartford and a past president of the Temple Sisterhood. Lois also belonged to Tumble Brook Country Club in Bloomfield and was a founding member of the former Cliffside Country Club in Avon. She was very active in the Women’s Committee and a member of The Daniel Wadsworth Society at The Wadsworth Atheneum. She was a tireless worker and supporter raising funds for the annual UCONN Cancer Research Golf Tournament. She was a subscriber to The Hartford Symphony, The Bushnell, Theater Works, and Goodspeed Opera House.
She leaves behind her husband, Alvin B. Reiner; her son, James M. Reiner of West Hartford; her daughter Gail Reiner of East Granby; and two grandchildren, Ellen Pinney Arnstein and Reid Samuel Arnstein. She was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Fiona Reiner.
Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the Sanctuary of Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford with Rabbi James Rosen officiating. Interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson St. Ext., Avon. A memorial period will be observed at her home Wednesday following the interment through Sunday evening. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lois and Alvin Reiner Fund, c/o Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford 06117. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Lois, please visit www.weinsteinmortuary.com/funerals.cfm.