RICHFIELD — Jean M. Rinck, 78, of 314 Rinck Lane, passed away at 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at her home.
She was born March 8, 1929, in Ocean Side, Long Island, N. Y., a daughter of the late Jean Whitfield (Exton) and James Clifford Martin. Jean was raised in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
She was a 1947 graduate of Bethel High School, Bethel, Conn. She earned her bachelor of nursing degreee from Northwestern School of Nursing, Philadelphia.
While in Philadelphia, she met her late husband, George W. Rinck, II, MD, at Temple University. They married and had five children. Together they moved to Camp Hill while Dr. Rinck completed a residency at Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg. Dr. and Mrs. Rinck then moved to Middleburg, at the encouragement of the late Dr. William H. Weber, where he practiced and she was the office nurse for many decades.
Jean believed in lifelong education and earned a Community Nursing degree at Bloomsburg University in her 50s. She also studied at Susquehanna University and Pennsylvania State University.
She also worked as a nurse at Temple University Hospital, in Dr. Rinck's medical office, and at Selinsgrove Center.
Jean volunteered for SUN Home Health as a hospice visitor and in the Grief Support Group for more than 20 years. She, herself, was a client of SUN Home in her last days and received the most supportive and professional care in that program.
Mrs. Rinck was very active within the community. She regularly volunteered for the Bloodmobile of the American Red Cross, served the Middleburg Ambulance League for many years until the 1980s, and belonged to the Women of the Moose, Middleburg Lodge and Middleburg Stock Club.
An active member in Emmanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Middleburg, she started the annual candy Easter egg sale project. The program, working from her home for many years, raised thousands of dollars for the missions program of the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
She loved the card game, bridge, and played steadily with a bridge club in Middleburg and later in Newport until her death. She was an accomplished swimmer and earned her American Red Cross Lifesaving Certificate and also the Water Safety Instructor Certificate and YMCA Lifesaving Certificate. She swam and exercised well into her 70s at the Sunbury YMCA.
Her love of pets manifested in raising collies in the 1950s. Over the years she rescued countless abandoned cats and dogs. Each pet had a personal name and individual attention commensurate to its needs regardless of cost.
In her middle 50s, following family tragedy, in an entrepreneurial spirit, she sold her home in Middleburg, moved to Richfield, built a new home, and started a successful Christmas tree farm. She often donated trees to local churches and needy families. In countless instances she generously befriended the needy with a generous and giving spirit and was sometimes called the Duchess of Sunshine.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, R. James and Robin Rinck, of Selinsgrove and Paul C. and Rebecca Rinck, of Richfield; one daughter-in-law, Martha Ann Rinck-Heintzelman, of Richfield; four grandchildren and their spouses, Jesse and Amy Scholl Rinck, J. Cole Rinck, Laura T. Rinck, and Tiffany and Richard Hess; three step-grandchildren, Jessica and Justin Strawser and Veronica DeLong; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Strawser; a sister-in-law, Irene Martin, of Vermont; and two nieces, Kathy and MaryAnn.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Nathaniel Rinck, George Rinck, III, and Christopher M. Rinck, and two brothers, James D.C. and Richard Martin.
Visitors may call from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at The V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove where the funeral will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Larry L. Leland, Jr., officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Jean's memory may be made to SUN Home Hospice, 61 Duke St., Northumberland, PA 17857, or Mostly Mutts, c/o Jen Hunsinger, Treasurer, 505 Fisher Ave., Catawissa, PA 17820, or The American Cancer Society, 948 East Third St., Williamsport, PA 17701.