Ruth Hacker Rinka

January 23, 1923May 26, 2014

Ruth Hacker Rinka, 91, of New Bern, died May 26, 2014 at CarolinaEast Medical Center.

She was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Born on January 23, 1923 to Max Hacker and Elizabeth Staehle, she graduated from AB Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, NY and attended Berkley Secretarial School in New York City. In 1984 she retired from the Bank of New York in White Plains, NY and moved to New Bern, NC. Ruth is preceded in death by parents Max and Elizabeth Hacker, her husband Charles, a sister, Betty Cron, a niece, Joanne Dixon and a nephew, Tom Hacker.

She is survived by her children, Ruth Rinka and husband James Higgins of New Bern; Christine Lentz and husband Wayne of Morgantown, WV; Charles W. Rinka of Yorktown Heights, NY; Patricia Grieve of Yorktown Heights, NY; and Barbara DeVita and husband Carmyne of Greenwich, CT; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Inurnment will be held at a later date at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

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June 11, 2014

Dear Ruth and all the Rinka Family,
I am sorry for your loss.
I am grateful to have been in touch with her and I will miss her.
She was always enthusiastically interested in sharing details of what was going on with us "kids" and you "kids".
Her lifelong close friendship with our Mom leaves many memories and thankfully we have photos of times they shared from youth throughout their lives.
Her memory was always sharp and she lived her life in a peaceful and accepting way.
You will always be like family to us due to their great friendship.
Love Joanie Seakwood

June 5, 2014

Dear Rinka's

How wonderful you got to have your mom with you for so many years! Hope you get out the pictures & write down the stories & let the grandkids know about the early years - I'm glad the Mockler kids were a small part. Bet Mom is glad to have her best friend reunited! Let the Lord comfort you.
Carol Mockler Maxon, Johnsonville, NY

Roe Dillon

June 3, 2014

Dear Rinka Family,

So sorry for your loss. May the many years and memories you shared with your mother be a comfort to you. No matter the age, it must be difficult to lose a parent. God bless you all.

Keith Hundley

May 31, 2014

Ruth, so sorry for the loss of your mother. I know God will by His grace grant you peace and comfort.

Vickie Whitford

May 30, 2014

Mrs. Ruth,
I am sorry for your loss. What a long beautiful life your mom had. May each new day bring Peace to your Hearts. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless all of you

Grover Armistead

May 28, 2014

May God comfort your family at this time of need. I just wanted you to know I care.

Grover Armistead

May 28, 2014

May God comfort your family at this time of need. I just wanted you to know I care.

May 28, 2014

We knew Ruth for over 20 years. She made her mark on the community. She will be missed but not forgotten. Our sincerest sympathies to all her family.

May 27, 2014

Ruth, I am so very sorry to hear that your Mother passed away. I am so glad that I got a chance to meet her at lunch a few weeks back. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and James during this time of sorrow. I pray God will give you peace in knowing that your Mom lived a long life and that you have many memories of the time you shared together. Love to you always...your friend - Sherry