Reinhard Fabiunke

Obituary of Reinhard Fabiunke

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Reinhard Hans Fabiunke, went to be with the Lord during the evening hours of 6 July 2021. He went with a spirited struggle, surrounded by his children and blessed by the prayers of his friends and family. Reinhard was born to German parents in Poland on 20 December 1942. Orphaned by the war, he was raised by his aunt in Berlin, Germany. He became a welder and ship’s crewman and traveled throughout Europe while in his early 20’s. In 1967 he emigrated to Canada with the dream of traveling through North America. God had other plans for him when he met his future bride, Christine, at church in Montreal and fell in love with her, ending his travels. Married on 25 July 1970, Reinhard and Christine soon moved to Bernards Township to work and raise a family. He worked as the Facilities Director of the Fellowship Deaconry in two locations for more than 25 years. While raising a family, he pursued gardening, was an avid beekeeper, and was intricately involved in forming the Evangelical Fellowship Chapel, where he participated as a member, Sunday school teacher, and elder. He could also be found sailing on Round Valley Reservoir, conducting prison ministry at the Annandale Correctional Facility or volunteering with veterans at the Lyons Veterans Hospital. Foremost, Reinhard was a family man, always involved in the many activities of his children and grandchildren. More than any other activity, he enjoyed bringing his grandchildren on day trips to Sandy Hook to enjoy the beach and waves. Driving to the shore in a van, full of unbelted kids, with a stop at Perkins for breakfast and then Dairy Queen on the way home was a typical summer adventure. In the house, you would find Reinhard reading or playing board games with his wife or tenaciously weeding to ensure the bushes and trees he planted would survive longer than him. He succeeded, as the Fellowship Deaconry continues to display the plants, shrubs, and trees he planted over two decades. Reinhard is survived by his sons Martin, Luke and Thomas, daughter Esther and eight grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Liberty Corner Mission and its efforts to spread the gospel worldwide. The memorial service will be held in the Maranatha Chapel, on the grounds of the Fellowship Deaconry, 3575 Valley Rd, Basking Ridge, NJ on Sunday, 25 July 2021 at 1600.
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