Alvina Rink

Posted March 13, 2013 at 11:51 am


Oct. 11, 1912 – March 6, 2013

Alvina  Rink, age 100, died peacefully Wednesday evening, March 6, 2013  at Jones Regional Medical Center, Anamosa, with her family holding her hand. 

  Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, where friends called after 10 a.m.   Interment was in Wayne Zion Cemetery.   Rev. Darryl Larson officiated at the services.

Alvina Gesine Rink was born Oct. 11, 1912 in Center Junction, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Wilke and Gesche M. Weers, Husmann.  She attended the Center Junction Schools. 

Alvina married Henry J. Rink on  Aug. 17, 1932 at Wayne Zion Lutheran Church.  Alvina worked at the Reliance Shirt Factory in Anamosa.  For 35 years, she was employed at the John McDonald Hospital in the housekeeping department.  Henry preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 1995.  

Alvina was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and the Martha Mary Circle.  She loved to play cards with her friends at Sycamore Gardens.  She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She made each one a quilt for their wedding and when every baby was born.

Surviving is her daughter, Janice (Glen) Rickels, Monticello;  six grandsons, Robert Lux, Bill Lux, Calvin (Megan) Rickels, Scott (Ranae) Rickels, Todd (Lisa) Rickels, Tom (Lisa) Rickels; 14 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.     She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry; a daughter, Joyce Lux; four brothers, Bill, Jack, Henry and Eddie; six sisters, Ann, Kate, Mayme, Mate, Dena and Louise.

Thoughts, memories and condolences may be left at  In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.