Betty M. Rinker

April 03, 1933 - July 07, 2019

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Thursday, July 11, 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville


Thursday, July 11, 6:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville


Betty M. Rinker, 86, of Big Long Lake, Wolcottville died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at 3:56 a.m. at Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville.

She was born April 3, 1933 in Dunkirk to Cornelious and Leona (Herrin) Strahm. On November 8, 1952 in Hartford City she married Gwen O. “Rink” Rinker.

She moved to the area in 1995 coming from New Haven.

Mrs. Rinker was a benefit calculator at Lincoln National Life Insurance in Fort Wayne, retiring in 1997 after 25 years. She was a member of Trinity Church United Methodist, Kendallville and a previous member of Eastern Star and the Women’s Community Club in Rome City.

Betty enjoyed square dancing in her younger years. Recently she enjoyed reading, playing cards, and going out to eat. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Gwen O. “Rink” Rinker of Big Long Lake; a daughter, Cathy (Steve) Berlin of New Haven; a son, Tim (Jill) Rinker of Naperville, Illinois; two granddaughters, Christine (Brad) Springer and Jessica (Brian) Sherck; and four great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Micah, Addison, and Ezekiel.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 6 p.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with the Rev. Steven L. McPeek officiating. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Hartford City at a later date.

Visitation will be on Thursday, July 11, 2019, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to Trinity Church United Methodist.

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Carol Visney
July 11th, 2019 8:06pm
Naperville, Illinois

My deepest sympathies to the Rinker family.

Peggy Coomer-Meyer
July 11th, 2019 1:56pm
New Haven

Heaven truly gained an angel ... Love to the entire Rinker family from the Coomer kids!

Louise Ambrose
July 11th, 2019 12:16am
Fort Wayne

Cathy and family, so sorry for your loss. She will be forever in your hearts! ❤️

Beth & Wayne Denham
July 9th, 2019 6:06pm

So sorry for the passing of your mother, a wonderful lady we got to know through our daughters. You and your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

Donnetta Dingus & Danny Kelly
July 9th, 2019 5:15pm

Tim and Jill our condolences to your family. Your in our thoughts.

Thomas Wyss
July 9th, 2019 2:46pm
Fort Wayne

Rink, Cathy, and Tim- My sincerest and deepest condolences to you on your passing of wife and mother. These are the toughest times in life. You can be assured that she is in heaven, as she was an angel here on earth.

Lois Jackson
July 9th, 2019 2:24am
Wichita, KS

Fly High, Aunt Betty, Fly High! Into the arms of Our Lord! Then rest in peace for you will be home. Love You!