Martyl Reinsdorf, wife of Chicago Bulls and White Sox president Jerry Reinsdorf, died of a long illness on Monday, the teams said. She was 85 years old.
Teams said she died at her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
A designer of cloisonnÃ© jewelry, Martyl Reinsdorf designed five of the Bulls’ six NBA championship rings as well as the 2005 White Sox World Series ring. Known as âGrandmother Martylâ, she has also created and distributed over one million coloring books, pencils, markers and toys to hospitals, orphanages and shelters around the world.
“My mother had such a heart for children,” her son Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls president, said in a statement. âThe joy she brought through her coloring books made me so proud to be her son. As a father, I loved seeing her being such a involved grandmother with my children. They had so many common interests and spent time together developing computer programs, creating costumes, and starting her coloring book program. These are memories we all cherish as a family. “
Born in Denver in 1936, Martyl Reinsdorf moved to Chicago with her family in 1944. She majored in Japanese and Chinese history at George Washington University in the nation’s capital, where she met and married Jerry Reinsdorf in 1956.
She then worked at the Pentagon and, after the couple moved to Chicago, for the Department of Agriculture.
Besides Jerry and Michael, Martyl Reinsdorf is survived by his son Jonathan and daughter Susan Reinsdorf as well as nine grandchildren. Her son David Reinsdorf died at the age of 51 in 2014.