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Marjorie Reinhart leaves behind philanthropic legacy in La Crosse

A woman who helped make a difference in the La Crosse community is being remembered.  Marjorie Reinhart passed away at home on Monday.

You probably recognize the name through Reinhart Food Service which Marjorie sold in 2005.  She and her husband D.B. took pride in supporting organizations, hospitals and schools.

Marjorie's daughter says no matter what size of the donation it was, the businesswoman wanted to help in any way she could.  "While she did many large gifts she was also proud of the steady, small gifts she gave to things that were held yearly like Riverfest, Rotary Lights, Oktoberfest, the Skyrockers and to many many local sports teams," says Patti Harrison.


Among those benefiting from the donations was Viterbo University.  The school's science center is named after the Reinhart's.

Viterbo's president says Marjorie will be greatly missed and the school will carry on her legacy.  "As a private university we rely on private, financial support for many of our big projects and something like the Reinhart Center was a major investment and opportunity for the university to grow. To have people like the Reinharts supporting you and being with you, advising you, mentoring you and helping you is just tremendously important," says Viterbo President Rick Artman. 

Marjorie Reinhart was 79 years old.

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