OBITUARY

Leonard J. Rinke

November 22, 1935July 8, 2013
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Leonard J. Rinke, age 77, born on November 22, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on July 8, 2013 in Commerce Twp., Michigan. Loving husband of Carol Rinke and preceded in death by his first wife Patricia Rinke; Beloved father of Leonard (Karen) Rinke Jr., Lori (Russ) Bruner, Lisa (John) Faulkiner, James (Vesna) Rinke, Loretta (Ron) Lawrence, Virginia (Jeff) Pocius, Leslie (Todd) Larson, Martin (Robyn) Rinke, the late Patricia Grosso, and son-in-law Darryl; Cherished grandfather of 23 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Marceline (Frank) Roche and 4 deceased siblings; Leonard retired as a Director after 35 years at General Motors. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 am (In-state at 10:00 am), on Saturday July 13, 2013, at St. Patrick Catholic Church 9086 Hutchins Road White Lake, Michigan. Visitation will be held on Friday July 12, 2013 from 3:00pm – 8:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00 pm, at the Union Lake Road Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home 1233 Union Lake Road White Lake, Michigan. Memorials appreciated to the Father Solanus or Sacred Heart Spiritual Society

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 12, 2013
  • Rosary Friday, July 12, 2013
  • In-State Saturday, July 13, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, July 13, 2013
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Leonard J. Rinke

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Joe Shelton

July 15, 2013

I had the pleasure of working directly for Len for five years. I have never known a finer man in every respect than Len. He was one of a kind. Thanks for everythiing Len.

Shannon Silva

July 15, 2013

Grandpa,
We miss you so much and have so many fond memories of you. From all the great home cooked meals you would send home for Maddie, spending time with the great grandchildren, going to Marco Island together as a family, and just being there to guide us through all the years. All those wonderful memories are what gets us through all the pain and hurt we are feeling right now. We know you are in a better place Grandpa and are watching over us everyday. Thank you for all the memories and for being a wonderful grandpa to us and a great grandpa to the girls. We love you very much and will always keep you in our thoughts.

Love Always,
Shannon, Ryan,
Madison & Sophia

Lori Bruner

July 14, 2013

Dad....well it is all said and done now and you are finally at peace with our Father in Heaven. Peace is something you wanted for all of your family. I remember a few years back when I was really sick you wrote me the most beautiful inspirational notes and sent mass cards as well. I saved them all. I also remember many a conversation we had about life and trying to get through the difficult times. That is who you were. You were always concerned about others. You have been a wonderful husband to my Mom and a very caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather to my girls. You were the best cook ever---thank you so much for all of the wonderful meals you made for me and my family. Madison so loved your lasagna and spaghetti and there isn't anyone who can make homemade salad dressing like you did. I remember when when we were younger and we used to dance in the family room at your house, one song in particular stands out in my head..."We are family" and you were an amazing dancer too! A lot of good times that will always stay in our hearts. You will surely be missed by me and my family and I know that some day, we will all be together again. Love you so much and God Bless You.

July 13, 2013

Laurie, Ron, Ginger and families,
So sorry for your loss, you are in our prayers during this difficult time.
The DeLamielleure's

Rachel Faulkiner

July 13, 2013

Grandpa,
I know you're in a better place now but I cant help but wish you were still with us. A day wont go by where you're not in my thoughts and prayers. You have taught me so much and I am so blessed by having the opportunity to call you my grandpa. Thank you so much for everything. I will miss you so much, even your famous dunk eggs. Rest in peace, I love you to the moon and back grandpa.

Renee Saulsgiver

July 12, 2013

Hey Uncle Len I have so many fond memories from when we were kids always always loved being around you the most I will truly miss you but will think of you often tell my Dad hello and give everyone else a hug & kiss please be at peace now xooxoxo

Martin Rinke

July 12, 2013

My Hero, My Mentor and Fishing Buddy, My Dad. Thank you Dad for teaching me all that you have and helping me through the rough times I wasn't sure about. You taught me the virtues of a job done good, and to be proud of that. I know I owe so much to you and, I'm forever grateful. I will miss you and , I know you are always with me, still helping me along the way. I love you Dad!

Matin Rinke

July 12, 2013

My Mentor, My Hero, My Fishing buddy, My Dad..Thank you Dad, for teaching me what was proper and true ,and for guiding me through the times I never thought I could see clearly. Forever in my heart. I love you Dad.

Pat Sampson

July 12, 2013

Carol, our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
We haven't seen him in a long time but he will always be remembered by me as a very special 12 year classmate at St Catherine's School in Detroit.

Pat Sampson

Moa and Butch Piquette

July 12, 2013

Michelle . Sarah, Darryl, so sorry for your loss .... we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers ...love and hugs ...Darrryl's aunt and uncle ...Mona and Butch Piquette( Nanaimo, BC Canada )