Jessie Downing Rinker
Jessie Downing Rinker
  • May 28, 1926 - May 3, 2016
  • Charleviox, Illinois

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Jessie (Bramel) Rinker of Charlevoix, MI, formerly of Marengo, IL, passed away on May 3, 2016.
She was born in Mt. Auburn, IL, on May 28, 1926.
Jessie graduated from Ottawa High School in Ottawa, IL, in May 1944. She completed the nursing program at Silver Cross Hospital (Joliet, IL) in 1945.
Jessie was married to the late Ross L. Rinker on January 30, 1947. While Jessie was a homemaker for most of her life, she worked at Riley School in Marengo as the head cook for several years and then went on to work at the Illinois tollway.
After her husband passed away in 1997, Jessie moved to Charlevoix, MI, near her daughter.
During her life, Jessie was deeply devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also had a passion for sewing and quilting.
Jessie is survived by all of her children, James (Janelle) Rinker of Caldwell, TX, Alan (Pat) Rinker of Lexington, KY, Diane (Mike) Granath of Charleviox, MI, and David (Marianne) Rinker of Farmington Hills, MI. She has ten grandchildren: Kurtis and Liz Rinker, Elizabeth Rinker and Emily Rinker Nealis, Andy, Joe, and Will Granath, Sarah, Joshua, and Christine Rinker. She has two great-grandchilren, Quinn Granath and Samantha Scott.
Jessie has one surviving brother, Marion Bramel, and one surviving sister, Jeanine (Bramel) Burkett. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim, Joe, and Louis, and three sisters, Margaret, Betty, and Velma.
The family expresses their sincere thanks to Joe Granath for his help with Jessie's care during her later years.
Visitation will be from Noon to 1pm on Saturday, May 14 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. The funeral service will be at 1pm. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Union, IL.
For information call the funeral home at 815-568-8131. Online condolences may be made at