Verena Rainalter

Posted On November 4th, 2012 -

Long time Kailua resident Verena Bonin Rainalter, 73, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 20, with her family at her bedside. She had waged a brave year-long fight against cancer, maintaining her characteristic cheerfulness and optimism right up to the end. Verena was born on May 12, 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and was raised in Germany and Austria. After receiving her Abitur degree, she worked in Germany, Canada and San Francisco before making her home in Kailua where she resided for almost 50 years. All who knew her admired her zest for life and reveled in her great sense of humor. A loving mother and grandmother, Verena was also active in business and community affairs. She served as Treasurer and Controller of Rainalter Holdings Limited and other related business entities for many years. Always dressed in style, during the 1980s she owned and operated a popular fashion boutique in Downtown Honolulu appropriately named “Verena”. More recently, she was in commercial real estate, managed Hula Moon in Kailua, and owned and operated Hawaii-Aloha Accommodations from the late 1990s until the time of her passing. She loved the beach, boating, hula, kiho`alu, tennis, golf, yoga, snow skiing, travel, socializing with family and friends, and taking care of her grandkids who loved hanging out with their “Oma Susse”. She was a member of the Kailua Chamber of Commerce, Halau Hula Na Puakea O Ko`olaupoko, Kailua Racquet Club, The Hula Rock Mamas, and previously, Kaneohe Yacht Club for many years. Verena is survived by daughters Monique “Nini” Maxey (Richard “Rick”) and Uta Johanna Rainalter, both of Kailua; son William “Jack” Rainalter of Denver; brother Hans-Edwin “John” Bonin of Canada; former husband U.J. “Rick” Rainalter, Jr.; grandchildren Desi, Nani, ‘Iwi Kea, Isaiah and Hudson; cousins Kay, Beatrice and Jens Flohr of Germany; long time tennis partner Lei McDiarmid and husband Flip; and her many dear friends and family members. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Kaiser Hospital for their exceptionally dedicated and competent care. Services will be held on Kailua Beach fronting her home at 4 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Park your car mauka of N. Kalaheo Ave. and walk to beach through the 152/156 N. Kalaheo Private Lane (look for “Verena” signs). Celebration of life to follow at 21 Kalaka Place, just a short stroll down the beach from the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

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