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Johanna Reiter was called home to God on January 16, 2022. Her life spanned 89 years. She was born December 19, 1932 in Frantztal (Banat), Yugoslavia to Jacob and Agatha Brenner. She immigrated to the United States in the early 1950's after being forced to leave their home in Frantztal in 1944. In 1956, Johanna married and is survived by Joseph Reiter, who also immigrated to the US. They celebrated their 65th anniversary in 2021. She is also survived by her two sons and their wives John and Connie Reiter, Joe and Barbara Reiter; grandchildren Allysa, Kristen, and Joe; brothers Steve Brenner and Herb Brenner and his wife Bonnie.

"Liebe geht durch den Magen," which literally means "love goes through the stomach." Her love and passion for cooking and baking for our family was one of her expressions of the deep love she had for all of us. She was proud of her heritage and brought with her and kept up many of the Donauschwaben (Danube-Swabian) traditions from her homeland. Johanna celebrated those traditions with her family and fellow immigrants as part of the United German Hungarians of Philadelphia and Vicinity. She has been an active member of this wonderful organization since shortly after her arrival in the United States. She spent several years teaching and passing on our traditions to the children's dance group.

Rosemary (Rosemarein) is a big part of Donauschwaben tradition and a symbolic mark of all stages of life. As Johanna embraced those traditions may we ponder: "Rosemarein, Rosemarein, you are us with through happiness and strife. When we are laughing under the maypole and bring our festivals to life. When we get married and join in wedded bliss. When we go home to God and rest peacefully in his midst."

In lieu of flowers, donations in Johanna's name can be made to the United German Hungarian Children's group. Donations made payable to "United German Hungarians" can be sent to the cultural group chairperson: Susan Hartmann, 8800 Verree Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19115.

Relatives and friends are invited to Johanna's Life Celebration on Friday, January 21, 2022 from 9:30AM to 11:30AM at Nativiity of Our Lord Church, 605 West Street Road, Warmisnter, PA 18974. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM with interment following at Holy Sepulchre in Cheltenham.

To share your fondest memories of Johanna and to express your condolences to the Reiter family, please visit wwwlMcGheeGivnish.com.