Rhoda Jean Kelly, daughter of Luke Harry (1901-1956) and Ruth Ingrrid (Peterson) (1902-1988) Kelly, was born 9 July 1933, Ingham County, Michigan. Rhoda graduated in 1951 from Okemos High School and also in 1956 with a bachelor's degree in Home Economics from Michigan State University. While a student at MSU Rhoda was an International Farm Youth Exchange Student to Greece (1954), received the Lantern Night Award; one of fifty distinguished senior women (1956) and was Christmas Adventures in World Understanding Hostess (1956).
After college Rhoda was employed as a Home Economic County Extension agent. The Lansing City directory for 1959 listed her residence as Ironwood, Gogebic County, Michigan and her employment as "extension agt. MSU."
Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Monday 5 January 1959
RHODA KELLY TO BE SPEAKER AT BESSEMER WOMAN'S CLUB MEET
Bessemer - Miss Rhoda Kelly, Gogebic County Extension director in Home Economics and 4-H Club programs, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Bessemer Women's club Tuesday, beginning at 2:15 p.m. at the Veterans' Memorial auditorium.
Miss Kelly will stress the theme "Citizenship Appreciation" in relating her experiences and impressions of the way of life in Greece, where she lived for six months during the summer of 1957, as a participant in the International Farm Youth Exchange program sponsored by the 4-H Club Administration.
Miss Kelly lived in a number of homes in the province of Macedonia and had the opportunity of learning to know the people of Greece in a manner not available to the ordinary tourist.
She has visited in various foreign countries and in 1952-1953 she lived in India for a year with her family while her father Luke Kelly, a member of the Michigan department of Public Instruction, was engaged in the organization of agricultural training schools in India.
A native of Okemos, Mich., Miss Kelly is a graduate of the Michigan State University with a major in Home Economics Education. Following graduation, she taught in Olivet, for a semester, before going to Greece. She has been engaged in Gogebic County extension department since the fall of 1957, directing the work of the various Home Demonstration Clubs and girls' 4-H Clubs.
Highlighting the program will be piano solo selections by Kathy Lauzon.
The program was arranged by the Home Arts Department of the Club, headed by Mrs. Howard Brown and Mrs. Leonard Mayer.
Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Tuesday 20 January 1959
RHODA KELLY TO SPEAK AT PTA MEET AT RAMSAY
Ramsay - Miss Rhoda Kelly, Gogebic County County extension director in home economics and the 4-H Club program, will be the guest speaker at the meeting of the Ramsay Parent-Teacher Association tomorrow evening. The Youth Choir of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Bessemer, will be another highlight of the program. A feature of the business meeting which will start promptly at 7:30 will be a panel discussion on water fluoridation.
Miss Kelly will stress the theme, "Citizenship Appreciation," in relating her experiences and impressions of the way of life in Greece, where she lived for six months during the spring and summer of 1956, as a participant in the International Farm Youth Exchange Program, sponsored by the 4-H Club administration.
Miss Kelly lived in a number of homes in the province of Macedonia and had the opportunity of learning to know the people of Greece in a manner not available to the ordinary tourist. She has visited in various foreign countries and in 1952-1953 she lived in India for a year with her family while her father Luke Kelly, a member of the Michigan department of Public Instruction, was engaged in the organization of agricultural training schools in India.
Miss Kelly's talk will be highlighted by colored slides, which she took while in Greece.
Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Friday 9 October 1959
RHODA JEAN KELLY OF OKEMOS IS BRIDE IN U.P. CEREMONY
Miss Rhoda Jean Kelly, daughter of Mrs. Luke Kelly of 2321 Shawnee dr., Okemos donned an ivory silk sari accented with silver for her recent wedding to Eino Reini.
The vows were spoken before members of the immediate families in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Reini of Ironwood.
Rhoda, who is also the daughter of the late Luke Kelly, spent a year in India with her parents, while her father was on the Point Four program.
She carried a cascade of white roses and mums and her crown of mums secured her veil.
The bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reini of Ironwood.
Attending her sister was Mrs. John Moore of Ionia. She wore a pale blue brocaded silk dress from India and carried yellow mums.
Roy Reini was his brother's best man.
Karen Moore of Ionia, niece of the bride, was flowergirl.
A reception was held in the Ironwood Township Community hall for the couple Later, they honeymooned in Canada and Minnesota.
The couple will reside in Hancock.
A post nuptial reception was given recently in the Okemos Community church for the couple.
The bride and bridegroom are both graduates of Michigan State university.
Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) Wednesday 30 July 1969
E. REINI GETS NEW POSTION
Eino M. Reini, a native of Ironwood, has been appointed to a new position on the staff of Michigan Technological University, Houghton.
Reini has been named university controller. He is the university's chief accounting officer and is responsible for all MTU accounting, business systems, payroll and property management.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Reini, Lake Rd., Ironwood, attended Gogebic Community College before receiving his B.S. degree in accounting from Michigan State University in 1956. He received his CPA from the State of Michigan in 1959 and an M.B.A. at Michigan State in 1963.
Following graduation, he worked for John C. Morrison and Co. in Ironwood and Hancock as a certified public accountant until 1959, when he joined the Michigan Tech faculty as an assistant professor of business administration. In 1963 he became Michigan Tech's internal auditor and in 1967 was appointed assistant controller.
Reini is a member of the Michigan Association of CPA's and the American Institute of CPA's, the Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary, the Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary and the American Management Association. He is a past president of the Houghton Lions club and president of the advisory board to St. Joseph's Hospital. His wife is the former Rhoda Kelly. They have three children.
Eino, born 10 December 1933, Gogebic County, died 15 November 1997. Rhoda died 17 March 2013, Ontonagon County, Michigan. Eino and Rhoda were interred Glendale Cemetery, Okemos, Ingham County.
HUDSONVILLE - Rhoda Jean (Kelly) Reini, 79, of Hudsonville, Mich., died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013, in Grand Rapids Mich.
Mrs. Reini was born on July 9, 1933, and grew up in the Okemos area where her parents, Ruth & Luke, were educators. Rhoda earned her Bachelor's degree at Michigan State University.
Rhoda travelled internationally as a young woman joining her family in India in 1952 when her father served as an Agriculture Education Consultant and later as a member … of the International Farm Youth Exchange (IFYE) in Greece in 1954.
Rhoda then worked for the Home Economic Extension serving localities throughout Michigan. It was during her assignment in Ironwood when she met a young accountant, Eino Reini, at an MSU alumni meeting. Eino and Rhoda were married in September 1959. The couple moved to Hancock where they raised their three sons, Luke, Walter & Joseph.
For many years, Rhoda taught in the local communities surrounding Hancock and the family also hosted exchange students from Greece and Brazil. Later, Eino & Rhoda cared for numerous foster children in their home.
Eino and Rhoda moved in 1995 to the Grand Rapids area. Following Eino's death in 1997, Rhoda remained in the Hudsonville area residing close to her sisters, Patricia Moore and Roberta First Delmarter. In 2000, Rhoda met John Siedis of Hudsonville MI and the two enjoyed many years of companionship.
Rhoda is survived by her three sons, Luke (Lake Orion), Walter (Croswell) and Joseph (Kennesaw GA) and their respective families: Kim, Sophia & William; Karen, Andrew (AJ) and Brandon; and Susan, Joshua, Jacob & Baylor, her sisters Patricia and Roberta, and John Siedis of Hudsonville.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids Mich. Visitation will precede the funeral at 10:00 a.m. A graveside ceremony in Okemos will follow where Rhoda will be interred next to Eino and her parents, Ruth & Luke Kelly.