John Reimer will celebrate his 100th birthday during an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home, 1458 S. Meridian St. Reimer was born Aug. 2, 1918, to Louis and Mary Reimer. He grew up on the Near Southside and is the oldest member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
He belonged to the Ancient Order of Hibernians and is a former president. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1936 and was president of his senior class.
An Army veteran of World War II, Reimer retired as a pharmaceutical sales rep in 1977. Reimer is known for his wit and interesting stories about the Southside.
Until he quit driving two years ago, he attended daily Mass at either St. John, St. Mary, St. Roch, Holy Rosary or Sacred Heart. He still lives on his own in his home near Southern Plaza. Denny Fitzpatrick, who is Reimer’s godson and caregiver, jokingly says having the party at a funeral home is a “package deal for John.”
“We are going to have good food and drinks, and people are coming in from across the country,” said Fitzpatrick, whose wife, Joan, also assists with the caregiving. “John has always been a second father to me. He’s our family historian.” Denny said. “My children have always called him ‘Grandpa John.’ ” Reimer never married but was close to his sisters, Gertrude and Mary Jane, both of whom are deceased.