Susan Blake Reinoso, 71, died Sunday, March 30, in Temuco, Chile, from complications of lymphoma. A 1961 graduate of Osceola High School, she had lived in Chile since 1964, when she joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to help rebuild a hospital in Valvidia.
She was born in Osceola on Feb. 25, 1943, to Milam Wesley and Lucille Mae Hart Blake. As a Girl Scout, she earned the Curved Bar, the organization’s highest honor. She was active in music at Osceola High School and graduated from Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Des Moines, in 1964.
During her Peace Corps service, she met her husband, Dr. Sergio Reinoso. They were married in December 1967 and settled in Temuco, Chile. After their children were grown, Susan taught conversational English classes at a local university. Her husband died Dec. 13, 2012.
Susan is survived by four children and four grandchildren, including sons Andres (Marcella) Reinoso, Martina and Amanda of Santiago, Chile; Daniel Reinoso and Roberto Reinoso of Temuco, Chile; and daughter Marianna (Robert Horring), Miguel and Aldo of Nelson, New Zealand. Survivors also include a sister, Diana Blake of Waverly, Iowa, and a brother, John Blake (Tula) of Plano, Texas.
Her family, friends and colleagues will remember Susan’s mischievous mind, adventurous spirit, undaunting determination and love of people, especially children.