John (Jack) Rinkus

John (Jack) Rinkus, 70, of Avoca passed away after a brief illness surrounded by his loving family Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in his home.

He was born in Pittston on Sept, 25, 1942, and was the son of the late Albert and Evelyn Morrow Rinkus.

Jack was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Avoca. He was a 1960 graduate of Pittston High School.

Jack worked for Eagan's Construction Co. as a welder for several years, servicing parts of New Jersey and Wyoming, Pa. He retired from Pennsylvania Water Co. after 29 years of service.

He enjoyed the outdoors. Jack loved to fish at Lake Winola and he had an appreciation for classic cars. Jack enjoyed collecting and maintaining hot rod cars for many years. He was a member of the Piston Knockers Car Club.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, the former Pat Borthwick Rinkus; and his daughters, Jacquelyn Schwarz and her husband, Robert, Spring Brook Township; and Jennifer Rinkus and her fiance, Bret Bockelkamp, Clarks Summit.

The family would like to thank the staff of Hospice of the Sacred Heart and Dr. Martin Moran and his staff.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea, with the Rev. Sharon Dietz of Bethel United Methodist Church, Avoca, officiating. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Avoca Fire Department, 740 Main St., Avoca, PA 18641.

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Published in Citizens' Voice from Oct. 29 to Oct. 30, 2012