In Celebration of

Reingard Luisa Arena

June 8, 1927 -  June 24, 2019

Our beloved Reingard passed away at the age of 92 in Toronto on June 24th after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in 1927 in Berlin, Germany and displaced in her teenage years by World War 2, she eventually made her way to Toronto where she met John, her husband of 61 years. Reingard was loved by all who met her. She amazed people with her speed, stamina and grace, which she demonstrated at her weekly rhythmic gymnastics program until the age of 91. Reingard was an avid traveler, visiting numerous countries both before and after marrying John. She had a knack for making others laugh, and her love for helping others made her a tireless volunteer for over 35 years at the Big Sister of YouthLink and the AGO. Many of her close friendships developed through her work with those organizations. Reingard is survived by her husband John, her children, Michelle, Gregory (Ulrike), Kristina and Giulia (Tim) and her grandchildren, Martin, Maja, Emily, Charlotte, Madeleine, Elliott, Liam and Megan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any expressions of love and support be made through a donation in Reingard’s memory to the Toronto Star Fresh Air Fund or St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation (Palliative Care Unit).

A Celebration of Reingard’s life will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Mississauga Golf and Country Club, 1725 Mississauga Rd. Mississauga. Memorial Service to begin at 2:30 p.m. with reception to follow until 5 p.m.


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Kristina Arena (Daughter)

Entered June 30, 2019

This death has left a gap in so many lives! I’m forever grateful to this beautiful soul for how she enriched my life. Love you Mutti!

Barbara and Mark Grossman (Friends)

Entered June 30, 2019

We will miss this beautiful, elegant and funny lady. May you, her family, find comfort in all the wonderful memories shared over the years.

Barbara and Mark

Bonnie G Gibbons (Friend of family)

Entered June 30, 2019 from Toronto

Dear Mr. Arena and family,

My thoughts are with you all at this time.

I have such fond memories of Reingard, ("short stuff''). As a boarder in the same year as Giulia, I was welcomed to stay many weekends..'a home away from home'. Reingard's fun loving and generous spirit was always present: Friday night Richer Sport and Pretzel treats; gales of laughter as she chased us/Maggie around the house and pool and listened to our thoughts/concerns. My boys remember Reingard speed walking along bloor street, always waving hello with a smile and twinkle in her eyes.

'Short stuff'...thank-you for making my life brighter..xo

With care to all of you,

Peter McClusky (friend)

Entered June 30, 2019 from Toronto

We're very sorry for the loss and thinking of your family.

Richard Fernandez (Friend of daughter Kristina)

Entered July 1, 2019 from San Francisco, CA

I have never met Reingard Luisa Arena personally but only know of her through Kristina's conversations of her mother. She sounds like an amazing woman with a rich background of experiences. Such attributes were graced onto her daughter who surely absorbed a great sense of humor, loyalty to her family & friends, and appreciation of people.


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