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Mrs. Frances Reinking, 1917-1996


The Seattle Times, December 12, 1996


Frances Reinking, Honest And Loyal

By Carole Beers

Seattle Times Staff Reporter


Fair play, family, and fine arts were paramount to the relatives of Frances H. Reinking, and they became so for her.


Now they are her legacy to seven children and 13 grandchildren.


"She was one of the most honest and ethical people I've met," said her son, Richard Reinking of Woodinville. "I'm a clinical psychologist, and I see the consequences all the time of people who don't live by a personal code of ethics.”


Mrs. Reinking extended her honesty and loyalty to church, sorority, hospital guild, and family.


"If I had a brother who needed to get to the airport at 5 a.m. to catch a plane, she'd be the one to drive him. . . . For 18 years - 1960 to 1978 - there was a Reinking at Bellevue High School, and my parents would never let us do something where their support was not manifest.”


Mrs. Reinking died Saturday, Dec. 7, of Parkinson's disease. She was 79.


Fond of classical music and a singer in church choirs, Mrs. Reinking instilled in her children a love of music and theater. Her son Daniel Reinking of Seattle is a theater designer, and her daughter Ann Reinking Talbert, New York City, is an award-winning dancer and actress.


"We had sing-alongs every Christmas, and other times as well," said Daniel Reinking.


She also shared her love of athletics. She played tennis three times a week, enjoyed golf, and went bowling, winning awards in all three sports. And she rarely missed her children's school games or



Mrs. Reinking was such a sports fan she often would watch a baseball, basketball or football game on TV, have another one going on the radio while reading the sports pages of the newspaper.


Chocolate also had a big place in her life: She bought a pound of See's chocolate whenever she happened by a store, knowing exactly how the chocolates should be wrapped and how many went into the box.


Born in Seattle, Mrs. Reinking earned a degree in economics at the University of Washington, where she joined Delta Gamma sorority.


Other survivors include her children, Robert Reinking of Tacoma; James Reinking, Eugene, Ore.; Jeffrey Reinking, Seattle; and Helen Reinking, Columbus, Ga.; and her sister Helen Harrison, Seattle. Her husband of 49 years, Walter Reinking, died in 1992.


Services have been held. Memorials may go to St. Thomas Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 124, Medina, WA 98039; or to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, c/o University of Washington Division of Neurology, Seattle, WA 98105.




Mr. Walter Floyd Reinking was born in Seattle on November 26, 1917. He died in Seattle in 1992. 

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