Music was God’s gift to Eleanor Tinkey. It was an art of heaven given to her on earth, one that she will take to heaven. While on earth she used it to give Glory to God to her church family and through personal ministry.
Her music is not silenced, but now played for a heavenly audience as Eleanor M. Tinkey went home to be with the Lord Thursday morning, June 8, 2017 following a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 19, 1925 in Perry Township, the daughter of Earnest and Grace (McFerren) Zeigler. A 1943 graduate of Johnsville High School, Eleanor met her lifelong love, Earnest Tinkey. The high school sweethearts were united in marriage Sept. 21, 1946. This year the couple celebrates nearly 71 years together.
Eleanor was the picture of a supportive wife, working with Earnest keeping the books for his construction company. She also worked 30 years as a cook at Madison Schools.
Eleanor was a dedicated member of Waterford Church of Christ where she served the congregation as organist for 60 years. Blessed with the gift of music, even arthritic hands couldn’t keep her from sharing the hymns of her heart at weekly worship up until just six weeks ago. She was very active in the church teaching Bible school and helping with the children’s programs.
She was generous with her time volunteering at Mansfield Hospital and Mansfield Memorial Homes. Her own personal ministry involved sending cards to encourage, celebrate and support those in need. Eleanor was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, a member of the Realtor’s Association and the Rinehart Post #754 American Legion Auxiliary.
Very dedicated to her family she and Earnest enjoyed supporting their grandchildren and great grandchildren at their school and sporting events. Gathering family for Sunday dinner was important to Eleanor, each of the kids having their own signature dish requests that included “orange potatoes,” rhubarb pie, beef and noodles, and potato salad.
She was a talented seamstress designing many clothes for her children as well as T-shirt and fleece blankets for her family. Eleanor was a reader pouring over inspirational stories and Amish novels, but always dedicated time for scripture and reading her Bible.
Described as humble and compassionate, Eleanor is survived by her dedicated husband Earnest Tinkey, of Mansfield, daughters and sons-in-law Nancy and Keith Holtrey of Fredericktown, and Susie and Greg Cole, of Mansfield; daughter-in-law Sandi Tinkey, of Illinios; 10 grandchildren and their spouses Earnie (Dawn) Holtrey, Sarah (Riley) Snavely, Beth, Ben, and Samantha Tinkey, Cody and Marisa Tarsus, Jessica Cole, Jonathan Cole and Jen (Stephen) Brane; 12 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren and a host of extended family members and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Alan R. Tinkey in 2011 and his wife Pam Rondy Tinkey, along with two sisters and a brother.
Friends may call Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where the funeral service will be held Monday at 11am. Friends may also call the hour prior. Pastors Joel Cassetto, Ray Linn and Don Linn will officiate and burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in honor of Eleanor to Waterford Church of Christ or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at the funeral home.
The Bellville Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Tinkey family and words of encouragement or condolences may be made by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.