Carol Burton

Carol Burton

Carol had a happy place: it was called family. Her husband, children, grandchildren and her sisters were the source of her greatest joy. She had been raised in a loving family; one of 12 children, the Reinerts stayed close throughout their lives. As a mother and grandmother, she was generous with her time, and she listened abundantly. She made time to hear you out; Carol knew difficult times and would respond with a little sage advice and lots of prayer. Regardless the hour, you never ate alone. She followed in her grandfather and father’s footsteps, who were ministers, and co-pastored a church with her husband in Southern N.J. And she always said, “Your faith isn’t faith until it’s tested.” She had a great sense of humor and the uncanny ability to pose for the funniest pictures. She was great behind the stove; famous for her soups, homemade relish and her ability to turn random leftovers into gourmet dinners. Carol had been trained in the art of cake decorating in her earlier years: if the grands wanted a themed cake, she could whip one up. Her favorite food was tomatoes. She always said, “if God created anything better than South Jersey tomatoes, he kept it for himself.” Every year the family rented a house in Ocean City for a week and filled it with love and joy: it was there she had planned to retire. She has a special bench on the Ocean City boardwalk with her and Steve’s name on it. If her T.V. was on, she’d be cheering for the Phillies or listening to worship music. She and her husband had started their family in Cheltenham Village and moved to Woolwich in 1989.
From the days of her childhood, she had known a handsome boy named Stephen. An October date (hot dog roast at the park) led to an engagement in February (on her birthday) and nuptials in May. Their 50-year union was blessed by 7 children: Tammy Sheehan (John), Stephen Jr. (Kimberly), Jeffrey (Tanya), Glenn, Mindy Hooley (Neil), Daniel and Justin (Ivonne); and later by grandchildren, Joshua, Jordan, Finley, Apollo, Lily, Esther and Hazel. She is survived by her siblings, Thelma Thoman, Ralph Reinert, Ronald Reinert, Wanda Kelley, Debra Hartman, Rowland Reinert, Dale Reinert, Charles Reinert, Ruth Schmidt and Darlene Bascombe.
Come celebrate 79 great years, Friday February 16, 9 a.m. to noon at Living Hope Worship Center, 1566 Center Square Road, Logan Twp NJ where there will be a noon service. Interment to follow at Lake Park Cemetery Woolwich Twp.


  1. Teresa Olivo says:

    I love her. she will be sorely missed. I have many memories. I’ve know her back in the days of The Waters church in Sewell. back in 2000. was a member of HOP Min. from 2006- 2023. She was my precious friend. blessings, comfort and peace to all who knew and loved her.

  2. Ron says:

    Heaven gained an angel but we all lost a beautiful sole. We will all miss you Aunt Carol. So loving and kind and always there to pray when needed. I always enjoyed watching her brothers get her all riled up teasing her in good fun. She was a perfect example of love and kindness.

  3. John Patti says:

    Pastor Steve and family,

    So sorry for you loss. Pleasure to say I knew your mother and wife. Heaven awaits!

  4. Walter E Nistorenko says:

    Our condolences and prayers to the entire Burton Family! Carol was a wonderful woman who displayed the heart of our Father!

  5. Annaliese Neumann says:

    She was a wonderful person. Always sweet and caring. Remembering thanksgiving and the great meal with a great family..Just a great sweet loving Lady.

  6. Ron Balint says:

    My heart is with Pastor Steve and the entire Burton family.

  7. Harry Bowman says:

    Pastor Steve , I’m so very sorry to hear of Carol’s home going , what a wonderful sweet and gracious woman of God she was . My sincere condolences to you and your family , praying God’s peace and comfort for you and the family.

  8. The McDonald Family says:

    The Burton family will always hold a special place in my heart. I have many great memories of Carol through the years. She was strong, faithful, caring and hospitable. I admire her for raising all those kids! I admire her for her love and faithfulness to God. I admire her for her ability to cook. I admire her for her devotion to her husband. I admire her for being a pillar of faith in my life. The Bible says that we are living epistles. Her life spoke to me many times over the years. When I think of her I can still hear her laugh. I will treasure that. Wayne, Sierra and I offer our love and deepest sympathy to Pastor Steve and family.

  9. Patricia Reinert Lehman says:

    I am sending my deepest condolences to the Reinert and Burton families on the loss of Carol. Truly a joy to know and a woman of God that showed through on her love for her family. Final earthly goodbyes are never easy but we know that Carol is dancing on streets of gold into her heavenly mansion led by Jesus, our Savior. No more sickness or pain. She is filled with God’s love for her and has joined other family members in a grand reunion as they welcome her home. She has fought the good fight and won.
    May God bless her family with loving memories and heal their sad hearts. One day, all will be united in a family reunion as we all walk the streets of gold into our heavenly home.
    Love & Prayers to all, Pattie Davis Reinert Lehman

  10. Peg Richardson says:

    Carol was a Loving and caring lady will be missed by all till we meet again for eternity

  11. Evans and Mary Beth Powell says:

    We met Carol and Steve in SC, and Carol and remained email penpals. What a joy she was, and a good friend. Our love and prayers are with Steven and the family. May the Lord continue to be with you and comfort you through this season.

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