Deacon Edward Rinderle


Edward Earl Rinderle, 75, left this world for his eternal reward with his God on July 28, 2015. Mr. Rinderle was a native of Erie, PA, a graduate in electrical engineering from Gannon University, and received his MBA from Stetson University. Mr. Rinderle moved to DeLand, FL, in 1967, working as a design engineer and eventually chief engineer at Florida Transformer in DeLeon Springs. He continued his career as President of RAF Magnetics in DeLand, and later as Director of Economic Development for the County of Volusia until his retirement. Edward was ordained by Bishop Thomas Grady in 1983 as a permanent Deacon in the Catholic Church. He gave homilies at mass, officiated at weddings, baptisms, and wake services, but his primary dedication was that of service to all of God’s children. To this end, he served as chaplain at Stetson University Catholic Campus Ministry for 23 years, was lector for the Knights of Columbus, visited sick and homebound, served dinner to needy and homeless, assisted in building homes with Habitat for Humanity, and made himself available and willing to serve in any need. Ed had a unique ability to sense a personal need in others, and to turn his focus and his ear to their concerns. Ed loved DeLand and served his community in many capacities, including as Director of the DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce, Volusia Manufacturer’s Association, Volusia County Business Development Corp. United Fund, Teacher of the Year Committee, the Success At Work program for students in grades 8-10, Volusia County annual career fair for students in grades 11-12, and so many other capacities of giving of his own talents to help others. On the seventh of December, 1983, the County Council proclaimed “Edward E. Rinderle Day,” recognizing Ed as having distinguished himself as a true leader, a tireless volunteer to his community, and an “Outstanding contributor to all citizens of Volusia County.” Ed loved to dance, play tennis, watch sports, win at pinochle, and enjoyed spending time with his grandkids. He shared morning coffee and prayer with his wife before going to daily mass at St. Peter’s, followed by coffee klatch with his friends at church. He attended a Friday morning ecumenical prayer group at Stetson where he shared fellowship with men of many faiths. He also attended Bible Study Foundation weekly for 7 years, studying the bible with men of varied backgrounds, but belief in one true God. Ed leaves the love of his life for the last 53 years, Mary Lee, daughters, Cheryl (James) Feuerstein of Sorrento, FL, Karen (J.C.) Gerancher of Winston-Salem, NC, and Anne (John) Krainer of Alameda, CA, son Edward (Jenn) Rinderle of Atlanta, GA, brother Paul (Joan) Rinderle of Fairfax, VA, and his 9 beloved grandkids: James, Hannah, Jacob, Emma, Ben, Adam, Skye, Tilly, and Leona. Their deep grief is a reflection of their profound love for Ed.