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Willa J. Rinke, 1927 - 2018

Willa J. Rinke, 91, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Harry Hynes Hospice at Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita. She was born January 5, 1927, in Isabel to Roy and Elsie (Scrogin) Banks.

On May 12, 1944, she married John Rinke in Newton. He preceded her in death in 1985.

Willa moved to Kansas from Oklahoma in 1997. While living in Wichita, she and her daughter, Connie, volunteered as a team for the American Red Cross transporting blood products across the state of Kansas. She loved playing pitch and other card games and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, John ( Jayne) Rinke, of Claremore; Robert Rinke, of Wichita; Danny (Lori) Rinke, of Bristow; daughters, Connie Jason, of Wichita and Becky Smith, of Bristow; 16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren.

Willa was preceded in death by her parents; husband, John; and daughters, Sharon Dodson and Nancy Wonder.

Cremation has taken place. Graveside memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at Isabel Cemetery, Isabel.

Memorials may be made to American Red Cross or Harry Hynes Hospice in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt.

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