Thomas Reiland, 1930-2019

Published 1:00 am Saturday, July 27, 2019

Funeral services for Thomas J. Reiland, 88, of Albert Lea will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Theodore Catholic Church. The Rev. Kurt Farrell will officiate. Military honors will be accorded by local veterans organizations. Interment will be at St. Theodore’s Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church Wednesday. Online condolences are welcome at

Thomas Reiland

Thomas died Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at The Woodlands/St. John’s Lutheran Community.

Thomas John Reiland was born July 31, 1930, in Rollingstone, the son of Leonard and Irene (Lucas) Reiland. He grew up in Rollingstone and graduated from Cotter High School in Winona and then from Mankato Vocational School as a machinist in 1956. Thomas served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1953.

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On Oct. 17, 1959, Thomas was united in marriage to Marlene Reiland in Owatonna. He worked as a baker at Boyd and Jack’s Super Valu from 1961 to 1987 in addition to Freeborn County Co-op. and Schweigert Foods. Thomas was a member of St. Theodore and the American Legion.

He was an avid Minnesota Twins fan and enjoyed gardening, fishing and deer hunting. He loved to travel — especially to Duluth to watch the boats. He also enjoyed coaching little league baseball with his co-worker, Daniel Young.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Marlene Reiland, of Albert Lea; children Jeffrey Reiland of Owatonna, Julie (Jeff) Claussen of Albert Lea and Jim Reiland of Albert Lea; grandchildren Josh (Steph) Claussen of Albert Lea and Lindsay (Devon Desart) Claussen of Albert Lea; great-grandchildren Carsen Claussen, Cadence Claussen and Lillie Desart; sister, Catherine Reiland, of Rochester; sisters-in-law Marcia (Harold) Opdahl of Rochester and Vi Reiland of Rochester; and many nieces and nephews.

Thomas was preceded in death by his parents Leonard and Irene Reiland; brothers Don (Marcella) Reiland, Richard (Donna) Reiland, Ed Reiland and Joe (Margaret) Reiland; and mother and father-in-law Marguerite and Gylven Tveit.

The family would like to give a special thanks to St. John’s Lutheran Community and Mayo Clinic Health System for the wonderful care Thomas received.