Funeral services for Thomas J. Reiland, age 88, of Albert Lea, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at St. Theodore Catholic Church. Father Kurt Farrell will officiate. Military Honors will be accorded by local veterans’ organizations. Interment will be at St. Theodore’s Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com.
Thomas died Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at The Woodlands/St. John’s Lutheran Community.
Thomas John Reiland was born on July 31, 1930 in Rollingstone, Minnesota, the son of Leonard and Irene (Lucas) Reiland. He grew up in Rollingstone and graduated from Cotter High School in Winona and then from Mankato Vocational School as a Machinist in 1956. Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950-1953. On October 17, 1959, Thomas was united in marriage to Marlene Reiland in Owatonna. He worked as a baker at Boyd and Jack’s Super Valu from 1961 to 1987 in addition to Freeborn County Coop and Schweigert Foods. Thomas was a member of St. Theodore’s and the American Legion. He was an avid Twins fan and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and deer hunting. He loved to travel, especially to Duluth to watch the boats. He also enjoyed coaching little league baseball with his co-worker Daniel Young.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Marlene Reiland of Albert Lea; children, Jeffrey Reiland of Owatonna, Julie (Jeff) Claussen of Albert Lea, and Jim Reiland of Albert Lea; grandchildren, Josh (Steph) Claussen of Albert Lea and Lindsay (Devon Desart) Claussen of Albert Lea; great-grandchildren, Carsen Claussen, Cadence Claussen, and Lillie Desart; sister, Catherine Reiland of Rochester; sisters-in-law, Marcia (Harold) Opdahl of Rochester and Vi Reiland of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Irene Reiland; brothers, Don (Marcella) Reiland, Richard (Donna) Reiland, Ed Reiland, and Joe (Margaret) Reiland; and mother and father-in-law, Marguerite and Gylven Tveit.
The family would like to give a special thanks to St. John’s Lutheran Community and Mayo Health System for the wonderful care Thomas received.