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Laura A. Tinkel


Laura A. Tinkel, 94, Claflin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

Laura A. Tinkel, 94, Claflin, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington.

She was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Barton County to Joseph and Mathilda (Beran) Birzer. She attended St. Peter and Paul Catholic School.

She married Albert P. Tinkel on Nov. 27, 1945, in rural Ellinwood. He preceded her in death Jan. 31, 2006. She was a homemaker and farm wife.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and Altar Society, both in Claflin.

She enjoyed baking, cooking, gardening and needlework.

Survivors include a son, Louis Tinkel and wife, Janice, Hays; two daughters, Arlene Friedly and husband, Douglas, Bonner Springs, and Alvita Cates and husband, Bob, Claflin; six sisters, Clara Bahr, Margaret Reichuber, Eleanor Penka, Cecilia Denning, Inez Giessel and Bertha Achatz and husband, Milton; a sister-in-law, Leona Birzer; six grandchildren, Shawn Tinkel and wife, Tina, Shannon Short and husband, Levi, Duane Friedly and wife, Amy, Dawn Pretz and husband, Ben, Trevor Cates and wife, Megan, and Tamara Dody and husband, Jason; and 17 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers, George Birzer, infant August Birzer, Albert Birzer, Robert Birzer and James Birzer; and six sisters, Mary Birzer, Anna Penka, Katie Birzer, Elizabeth Ohnmacht, infant Emma Birzer and Helen Schartz.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Claflin; burial in Claflin Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Nicholson-Ricke Funeral Home, Hoisington.

A vigil, followed by an Altar Society rosary, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials are suggested to St. Peter and Paul Heritage Association or Clara Barton Hospital Foundation in care of the funeral home.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.nicholsonrickefh.net.