In 1901, after her husband´s death, Therese had to take over the brewery. Johann Peter had made her the sole heir, although she had born ten children (like her parents), including three sons. Their son Gustav, who was to be heir, had died at the age of 32, his only daughter Emilie (Emmy) married Georg II. Mautner Markhof in 1900. Although she had never intervened operationally in the business, Therese ensured the existence of this large business by converting it into a stock corporation and choosing the right men for the management (including her son-in-law). When the Second World War broke out, the Reininghaus family was forced to emigrate. After their return from exile, they transferred the beer production to Puntigam. In spite of having moved production, the family held onto the mostly fallow fields. The fate of the brewery was determined by its descendants until the 1980s.
Therese herself was also very socially active. She founded a foundation for widows and orphans in Graz, committed to girls’ schools and the admission of women to university studies, participated in the foundation of the Graz Tramway Society, in the electricity plant in Lebring and in the construction of the Grazer Schlossberg hill funicular. She lived in the Styrian town of Thal, where she and her husband had bought and renovated the Hardt Castle.
Therese and Peter also had ten children, 29 grandchildren and 72 great-grandchildren. Their descendants now live scattered throughout Europe, North and South America and Africa.
By and for the descendants of Therese & Johann Peter von Reininghaus