Ruth M. (Woltman) Rinker

Born: Fri., Dec. 8, 1933
Died: Wed., Apr. 28, 2010


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., May 02, 2010
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Mon., May 03, 2010
Location: - Not available -

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., May 03, 2010

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Ruth M. Rinker

December 8, 1933 – April 28, 2010


Ruth M. Rinker, 76 of South Bend passed away Wednesday evening in Memorial Hospital.  She was born December 8, 1933 in South Bend to the late Theodore C. and Sarah Pearl (Miller) Woltmann.  On February 26, 1956 as Ruth Woltmann she married Robert LeLand “Bud” Rinker he preceded her in 1995.

Also preceding her in death was a son Robert A. Rinker in 1980, Sister Edna Johnson, brothers Edmond and Leroy Johnson.  She is survived by her daughter Amy R. Osthimer of South Bend, Sisters Susie P. Catto and Arietta Wade of South Bend. Her Beloved companion Paul “Coky” Hollos and many Nieces and Nephews and numerous friends along with Paul’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. And her special K-9 companion “Blackie”.  Ruth worked many years in the food service business at Azar’s, The Pancake House and recently at the Meijer’s store on Portage Ave. She enjoyed helping people where ever she worked. Ruth graduated from South Bend Central High school and belonged to Delta Theta Chi.  She was a formed member of Moose Lodge # 58, The W.I.B.C bowlers association.  She was a die Hard Cub’s fan and enjoyed going to the Blue Chip and Four Winds Casino. 

She leaves behind so many friends that will miss her dearly.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday May 3rd. in the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home North 17033 Cleveland Rd. Friends may visit with the family Sunday May 2nd from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the services.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care at 111 Sunnybrook Ct. South Bend, In 46637.

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Charitable donations may be made in Ruth's memory to the following organization:

Hospice and Palliative Care
111 SunnybrookCt. South Bend, IN 46637

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Sandy Stickney
   Posted Fri April 30, 2010
Amy, I am thinking about you so much. My heart goes out to you in the passing of your Mom. She always talked about you with pride when we spoke on the phone.God be with you in your sadness.-------------------Paul, I have never met you, but have heard wonderful things about you. You have lost a very unique lady. Ruth was a special friend to me. I am sure you will miss her, as I will.----------Susie, I know you will miss Ruth a lot. Along with being sisters, you have been the best of friends for a long time. God Bless,, Sandy

Karen Armstrong
   Posted Sat May 01, 2010
Fair Journey, Ruth. Your Meijer friends will now miss you even more than we have since you retired. I know you will have all of Heaven giggling.