Carolyn "Jane" Rinker
Carolyn J. (McLaud) Rinker, otherwise known as “Jane” of Bedminster, formally of Ottsville, passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior on September 26, 2017. She was 86 yrs, old. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Lonzie D. Rinker, Jr. to whom she was married for 55 years before his passing in 2009.
Born November 25, 1930 in Meadville PA, Jane was the daughter of the late Benton J. and Helen Louise (Siegel) McLaud. She was the oldest of eight children. Jane was raised in Meadville where she graduated from Meadville Area High School. She attended Edinboro State Teachers College where she earned her degree in education then taught elementary school for several years.
When Jane met Lon it was a match made in heaven after the first date. They shared a love of animals and all things in nature. Jane and Lon loved walking in the woods or boating on a lake, bird watching, searching for plants or wildflowers or just enjoying the scenery. They passed this passion on to their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Jane and Lon moved from western PA to Roslyn, PA and in 1963, moved again to Warrington where they raised their three children and a menagerie of animals. Once the children were raised, they moved to Ottsville where they retired. After Lon’s passing, Jane moved to Bedminster to live with her daughter.
Jane was a self taught artist and spent well over 30 years painting decorative duck decoys which were sold across the U.S. Jane thought being her own boss was “just ducky”. Jane and Lon also raised, bred and showed nationally recognized champion Great Danes and Beagles under the kennel name Janel’s. Jane was a member of various kennel clubs throughout the region as well as a show judge and steward.
Jane enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and preserving her produce. She raised orchids and had a knowledgable green thumb. She also enjoyed music, camping, fishing, traveling, baking, and sewing. She enjoyed sports and was a die hard Phillies fan. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.
Jane loved her family and supported each of her children in their various activities. She was a girl scout leader, band parent and pony club mom. She could always be found in the bleachers at a soccer match, football or baseball game. She adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Each held a special place in her heart. Her kind, generous, quiet and whitty sense of humor will be missed. She wished love, peace and forgiveness for all.
Jane struggled with health issues and in 2000, she received a heart transplant. She was forever grateful to the anonymous donor and donor family for the generous gift of life she that she received.
Jane is survived by her children Lonna R. Joseph (John), David B. Rinker (Cynthia) and Sue Ellen Ott (Robert). Her brother John McLaud (Bunny), and sisters Sally Kellerman, Alice Wuenschel (Dan), Ruth Yoder (Tom) and Martha McLaud-Tonucci (Armand). She was preceded in death by her sisters, Joyce Newcomb and Mary McLaughlin.
She is also survived by 7 granddaughters. Rachel Mackey (Tim), Gwenn Oakes (Brian), Catherine Joseph-Pratt (Justin), Courtney Alston (Justicia), Ilya Smock (Richard), Melissa Rinker and Emily Cerruti (Bobby) and 7 great grandchildren, Isabella and Samuel Mackey, Colin and Auden Oakes, Ella, Obi and Ozzy Cerruti.
The family would like to thank the staff at Telford Lutheran Community and Liberty Hospice for their care, kindness and support.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St Luke’s United Church of Christ, 212 Durham Rd., Ottsville, PA. Calling hour from 10 a.m up to time of the service. Internment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice or St. Lukes UCC, PO Box 59, Ottsville, PA 18942, Bucks County SPCA, 1665 Street Rd., New Hope, PA 18938 or the Gift of Life Donor Program 401 N. 3rd St. Philadelphia, PA 19123.