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SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI – Reena Ann (Moir) Ruhinen, 80, of Sands Township, the most beautiful daughter Scotland has ever produced, died Thursday, June 16, 2022 at her home, surrounded by her loving family and under care of UP Santé at home and Hospice.

Reena was born in a house named Ivy Bank in the small village of Tannadice, Angus County, Scotland on June 18, 1941. Although the village is small enough not to appear on the map, it is a lovely place and her humble beginnings don’t do justice to her charm and stature in the hearts and minds of everyone she knew.

Reena was Gary’s crush and they shared that love for 52 years. She was a skilled Highland dancer and practicing nurse in Scotland.

As a military spouse, Reena traveled from Edzell, Scotland to Winter Harbor, ME, Rota, Spain, Guam and Adak, AK. In 1974 she became a naturalized citizen and in 1984 she moved to the Upper Peninsula and worked at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans until her retirement in 2002.

In all the years leading up to the Veterans Home, she worked as a babysitter and nanny and she often cared for ten children at a time. The children adored her and it was obvious that she had a profoundly positive effect on them. When she was there, they were happy and if she wasn’t, we missed her. Her Scottish accent appealed to everyone and her genuine concern for others created many strong friendships around the world. She listened more than she spoke and she always helped in any way she could.

Reena loved traveling to the Rocky Mountains to see the countryside and visit her grandchildren. She loved to knit and sew and always had a project on her hands. Reena was an avid NMU Hockey and Green Bay Packer fan and loved home flower gardening.

Reena was the second eldest of seven children and is survived by her younger sisters, Ina (Alan) Butchard and Pamela (Josie) Balneaves, all of Forfar, Scotland. In the United States, she is survived by her husband, Gary; son, Shawn (Jeanine); grandsons, Grayson (9) and Samuel (6); two brothers-in-law: Lincoln and Marvin; sisters-in-law, Diane and Deborah; as well as many friends.

She was predeceased by her parents, John Moir and Betsy Carnegie Moir (Alexander); mother-in-law, Ann; and his siblings, Margaret, Irene, Patricia and John.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church with the Reverend Jack Busche officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the church service. Interment will be at Northland Chapel Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Reena at the Michigan Veteran Homes DJ Jacobetti Life Enrichment Fund, 425 Fisher St., Marquette, MI 49855.

On Earth, she remains a pleasant memory, but her new life will begin in Heaven.

Canale Gwinn Funeral Home and Cremation Services assists Reena’s family, where memories and condolences can be shared at


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