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Paul William Rhinhart, 70, passed away January 2, 2019, at the UMass Medical Center’s University Campus after suffering a heart attack at home. Paul was born and raised in Fargo, ND, son of the late Olaf Joseph and Leola C. Rhinhart. He attended Fargo North HS prior to enrolling at Moorhead State College where he majored in accounting. Soon after college he relocated to Washington, DC where he worked as an auditor for the Dept. of the Interior while taking night courses to become a CPA.
Paul was the beloved husband to Jane M. (Morrissey) Rhinhart. While working in Boston he met Jane. This was to be the beginning of a wonderful friendship and journey which they shared for the past 45 years of marriage. During this time, Paul and Jane relocated to Virginia, Maine, and Marlborough, MA prior to their current home of 35 years in Northborough, MA.
Paul was a hard worker with a strong work ethic, enjoying a deserved retirement. He spent countless hours perfecting his handyman skills working on constant projects, top to bottom, in and around the house. For many years he volunteered as a coach for the Northborough Baseball Assn and Northborough Rec Basketball. He took pride in watching his grandchildren play sports, dance and grow up. Whether on memorable family vacations or simply chauffeuring the kids around, it was meaningful to Paul, it meant they were together which was most important.
He loved animals of all kinds, especially the many pets who were part of the family. Paul would also watch the birds coming and going at the feeders, the family of groundhogs scurrying under the shed and be excited to catch a glimpse of a deer grazing in the backyard.
He had a passion for music, especially when played on vinyl. He had a timeless record collection which is well enjoyed by his son Michael. Paul enjoyed playing cards, teaching his kids at early ages, and he had a knack for puzzles spending quality time with daughter Colleen finding just the right piece.
Paul leaves behind his beloved wife of 45 years, Jane M. (Morrissey) Rhinhart; his adored children and grandchildren; son Paul Joseph Rhinhart and wife Elisha, their children Isabelle, Mackenzie and Pierce of Gardner; daughter Katie Nordman and husband Dale, their children Annika and Henrik of Worcester; daughter Kristin O’Mara and husband Kevin, their sons Dylan and Bryan of Sutton; daughter Shannon Rhinhart and husband Attilio Punzo, their children Antonio, Jaclyn and Evelyn of Rome, Italy; son Michael Stonehart and wife Lindsey, their daughter Rosalie of Cranston, RI; daughter Colleen Rhinhart of Northborough. Paul was predeceased by his father Olaf Joseph Rhinhart and his mother Leola C. (Bernsdorf) Rhinhart as well as his sister Joanne Rhinhart. Paul is survived by his brother Joseph Rhinhart and his wife Nancy of Minnesota; his sister Gayle Matz and husband David of Minnesota, his brother David Rhinhart of Florida; brother Timothy Rhinhart and his wife Lynn of Minnesota; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
As a long standing member of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, of Acton, Paul raised his children there and served as an elder. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Calvary Youth Mission Trips.
Calling hours will be held Sunday, January 6th, from 3-5pm at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough. A funeral will be held at 11am on Monday, January 7th, at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, 472 Massachusetts Ave, Acton. To share a condolence please visit www.HaysFuneralHome.com.