Mary Louise Briner-Reist, 97

Mary Louise Briner-Reist, 97, of North Manchester, died 5:55 pm, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, at Peabody Healthcare in North Manchester.

She was born on Oct. 13, 1924, in Chester Township, Wabash County, to Elery Sylvester and Dora (Stellar) Schroll.

Mary Louise was a 1942  graduate of Chester Township High School, in North Manchester. She first married her high school sweetheart, Ross E. Briner, on Oct. 25, 1942, in North Manchester. He died Nov. 5, 1992. She then married Linn L. Reist, Jr. on Sept. 9, 1995, at the Peabody Chapel. He died July 23, 2006.

She was the secretary at Indiana Lawrence Bank in North Manchester several years and also owned M.L.B. Bookkeeping for 15 years. She was a 28 year member of the North Manchester First Brethren Church, and was a current member of the North Manchester United Methodist Church. Mary Louise lived in Chester Township, Wabash County all of her life.

She is survived by three sons, Stephen (Angie) Briner of Silver Lake, Ken (Peggy) Briner of Muncie, and Dennis (Sally) Briner of Upland; daughter-in-law, Lisa (Brian) Kilmer of Fort Wayne;  nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-grandson; sister-in-law, Mary Ann Meyers of Berne; brother-in-law, Tom Julien of Winona Lake; three step-children, Linn (Jane) Reist III, Peter (Karen) Reist, and Jennifer (Ira) Reist-Strumwasser. 

She was also preceded in death by her parents, one son Chris Briner, a grandson Chad Briner, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester, with Pastor Steve Bahrt officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester. 

Friends may call 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Peabody Caring Circle or North Manchester United Methodist Church.

The memorial guest book for Mary Louise may be signed at

Posted on 2022 Jan 11