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Loretta Vinke

December 31, 1922 — March 14, 2016


   Loretta Sophie Pauline, daughter William and Amanda (Asmus) Ewoldt, was born December 31, 1922 at home on the farm in Crawford County, Iowa. She attended rural school through the eighth grade and then due to the untimely death of her father, stayed at home and helped with the family. Loretta was baptized on May 28, 1923 at the Lutheran Parsonage in Manilla and confirmed April 10, 1938 at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning.

   On December 17, 1941 Loretta was united in marriage with Ralph Lewis Vinke in Missouri. They made their home in Manning. Loretta worked several places to support her family after the untimely death of her husband. She worked with Ida Dethlefs and her son Ken at the Klean Klose Shop, at the Manning General Hospital as a nurses’ aide and at Nelson Manufacturing.

   Loretta was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed embroidery, watching game shows, playing cards and visiting with family and friends. After the death of her husband on May 13, 1950 Loretta left the farm and moved into Manning eventually settling in the Terrace Apartments. She enjoyed her many friends and neighbors and being close to downtown while living there. When she could no longer live alone she moved to the Manning Plaza Nursing Home in May of 2014. Loretta became ill and was transferred to the Manning Regional Healthcare Center and died later that day on March 14, 2016. She was 93 years, 3 months and 14 days of age.

   Preceding her in death are her parents and brothers Truman Ewoldt (Pearl), Vertus Ewoldt and Gilbert Ewoldt.

   Loretta is survived by her children Gary Vinke (Joyce) of Pisgah, IA; Gale Vinke (Linda) of Manning and Cheryl Petsche (Frank) of Goddard, KS; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; many step great grandchildren; other relatives and friends.



Officiating Reverend Jonathan Conner
Reader, Pastor Bob Riggert
Zion Lutheran Church, Manning


Music - Congregation “I’m But A Stranger Here”    
“Abide With Me” Timothy Conner, Organist    


Urn Bearers ~ Grandchildren Brian Vinke  
Craig Vinke  
Todd Vinke Lynn Vinke  
Melissa Vinke  
Michaela Chapman
Kent Schlater  
Kelli Stein  
Kristi Olinger



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