Tom was born August 5, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was preceded by his parents Anne and Lucian Rheinberger and sister, Luanne. His brother, Hank, survives as well as nieces and nephews and their families. Tom graduated in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. After a short time on oil rigs, he moved on to McDonnell Aircraft to work in Astronautics.
In 1972 Tom and Shirley were married at St. Joseph’s Church in Clayton. Both were active in St. Patrick’s Parish until it closed. Tom and Shirley continued to be active after retiring. The Rheinbergers made Incarnate Word their parish.
Tom died on October 1, 2021. He donated his body to St. Louis University School of Medicine. Tom’s remains will join those of Shirley’s remains at Sts. Peter and Paul Cemetery when the St. Louis University School of Medicine study is complete.
Services: Memorial Mass will be held Monday, December 6 at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield at 11 a.m.
Kenneth Brune saysDecember 3, 2021 at 6:04 am
Dear Friends of Tom and Shirley,
Tom and Shirley were friends of my father and mother in law, Tom and Mary Ellen Powers.
Mary Ellen and Shirley shared the same birthday, April 18, Mary Ellen 1925 and Shirley 1931.
They met at Washington University where they both worked. I looked in on them in Jan, Feb and Mar 2020 and then… Ann and I went to breakfast with them now and again but it wasn’t easy, their dance card was full.
Ann and I regret that we will be out of town for the memorial Mass on Dec 6. Our sympathies to all of you. Tom and Shirley were wonderful and kind people.
Peace, Ken and Ann Brune