Alan G. Rheinschmidt, 77, Mosinee, Wis., died Dec. 19, 2013, at Lili Assisted Living (Schofield) following a lengthy illness. Born in Mosinee, he is the son of the late Ray and Loretta Rheinschmidt. Alan graduated from Mosinee High School and then served in the U.S. Navy. He continued on to receive his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He worked for 30 years at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as Director of Institutional Services. Alan's passion was hunting and fishing and he was supportive of a variety of organizations including the Disabled Veterans, Special Olympics, UWGB and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. He is survived by his children, Audrey (Todd) Riggs, Sheboygan; Laura (Eric) Reibenstein, Plainfield, Ill.; three granddaughters, Jaklyn, Rachel and Morgan; brother, Bruce (Susie) Rheinschmidt, Mosinee; former wife, Marisa Rheinschmidt, Green Bay; brother-in-law Julius (Barbara) Pellegrini, Benton Harbor, Mich.; his nieces and nephews; and many other relatives. Alan was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Charles "Chuck" Rheinschmidt. In keeping with Alan's wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at Lili Assisted Living and Interim HealthCare Hospice for their care over the last year.
(Obituary published December 20, 2013, Green Bay Press-Gazette; reprinted with permission from Rhonda Raliegh, executive assistant to the president and publisher, Green Bay Press-Gazette.)
Remembering Al Rheinschmidt
(Published January 3, 2014, Log newsletter, UW-Green Bay)
During a 30-year career with UW-Green Bay, Alan Rheinschmidt was a respected, dedicated employee known for his cheery trademark saying, "Proud to be here, happy to serve." Rheinschmidt, of Mosinee, died Dec. 19 after a lengthy illness. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral service. A private memorial for family will be held at a later date. He is survived by two daughters, his former wife, and many other relatives. Rheinschmidt served for many years as UW-Green Bay’s director of institutional services. At one time or another, he worked in or supervised insurance claims, risk management, capital inventory, duplication, stores, the mailroom and others, in the process working with countless individuals across campus. He joined UW-Green Bay in 1970 as assistant to then-Business Manager Cyril (Zeke) Backes. Rheinschmidt transferred to UW-Green Bay from the former UW-Fox Valley Center where he was business manager, a position he took after serving in the U.S. Navy and earning his business degree at UW-Milwaukee. Rheinschmidt retired in 1997. A half dozen years later he surprised the University with an out-of-the-blue donation of $30,000 to help cope with tight budgets. “I can remember times when we didn't even have money to buy beakers for the science labs," he told an interviewer at the time. “As long as I had the opportunity to give a little, I would. I hope it inspires others to do the same." For a photo of Al and a 2003 story about his career and philanthropy, see the article “Mailbox surprise” in our magazine archive.