Richard Reina |

Richard Reina

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Chapel of the Angels Mortuary in Grass Valley. A graveside service will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City to honor the life of Richard “Uncle Richy” Reina. Mr. Reina died Oct. 10 in Grass Valley. He was 64.

Mr. Reina was born July 9, 1943, to Joseph and Kate Reina. Born with Down’s Syndrome, Mr. Reina was cared for at home by his mother and father until their passing. He then joined his sister Johanna for the remainder of his life.

Mr. Reina had many passions, including a love of art and dancing. Holidays and birthdays meant handmade, hand-drawn cards from him. A man of unconditional love, he was quick with a hug and a hearty laugh when greeting friends and family. Doctors attributed his longevity to this immense amount of love, as well as the support he received throughout his life from those closest to him.

Mr. Reina is survived by his sister and guardian, Johanna Deuel of Grass Valley, and her four children and their families; and sister-in-law, Kathy Reina of Auburn and her three children and their families. He was preceded in death by his mother; father; and brother, Frank.

He will be missed dearly by those whose lives he brightened with his simple smile.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Foothills, 2399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel of the Angels Mortuary.

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