SCHUMANN, ALTHEA


SCHUMANN

(née Reinhardt), Althea Lola

88, loving wife and mother;

retired tennis club manager and physical education teacher; contagious optimist; natural all-rounder; generous philanthropist; competitive card shark; proud mother and grandmother; and sincere disciple of Christ passed away on September 26, 2021. Beloved wife and partner of 66 years of Thomas Schumann passed away in 2020. Survived by twin sister Aletha Schumacher (née Reinhardt); his three sons and their wives: David Schumann, Stephen and Pier Schumann, and James and Nancy Schumann; and seven grandchildren, Margot, James Maxwell, Luke, Nathan, Katherine, John David (JD) and Alex Schumann. Preceded in death by her husband Thomas Schumann, parents Raymond and Lola Reinhardt, and brother Ronald Reinhardt. Althea was born in 1933 and raised in St. Louis, MO. She attended the University of Valparaiso and obtained a bachelor’s degree in education. In Valpo, Althea (Dollie) played many sports including softball and field hockey. She has actively served as the vice president of the Alpha Phi Delta Sorority. In 1954, after graduation, Althea married her college sweetheart, Thomas Schumann in St. Louis. She began her career as a teacher in the St. Louis public school system as a physical education teacher. Tom and Althea lived in Saint-Louis for 2 years until he was drafted into the military. After Tom was honorably released, they moved to Wisconsin and started their family. Althea and Tom moved several times during their early years to live in El Paso, TX, Madison, WI, Chillicothe, OH, Escanaba, MI, Leominster, MA, Atlanta, GA, Kettering, OH, and finally Springboro, OH . Throughout these years, Althea has responded with skill and love to the ever-changing needs of her family. Raising her three boys has always been a priority, followed closely by supporting Tom in her career and finally taking care of her. After a number of teaching positions at schools in Chillicothe and Kettering, OH, she decided to work at the Quail Run Racquet Club in Kettering, OH. She started out as a front desk clerk, but was quickly promoted to manager of the Quail Run Racquet Club and the Kettering Tennis Center within a few years. Here she was able to pursue her love of tennis while running both clubs effectively and efficiently by building and leading a loyal and capable team. Retired, Tom and Althea moved to Springboro, OH, while happily spending the winter in Bonita Springs, Florida. Here she put her athletic prowess to good use, quickly becoming a talented and passionate golfer, outdoing and frustrating her “less natural swing” husband. Throughout her life, Althea has always put others first, genuinely and naturally caring for her husband, family and others she loved. She was an active member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church for 53 years and was one of the founding members of that church. A one-hour visit will take place from 10:00 a.m. ?? 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 13 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church (4865 Wilmington Pike, Dayton, OH 45440). A Celebration of Life service will immediately follow the visit from 11:00 a.m. ?? 12h00. Following this service, a funeral of Althea’s ashes will be held at David’s Cemetery (4600 Mad River Rd, Dayton, OH 45429). FUNERAL OF TOBIAS – CHAPEL OF FAR HILLS in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to

www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

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