Frances Scholten ’52 Rinkus

Frances Divine Scholten Rinkus of Holland, MI departed her earthly home to join her Savior December 26, 2023.

She was born in Tarrytown, NY January 28, 1929 to The Reverend Walter Augustus and Frances Marion Thoms Scholten. In 1948, Frances attended Hope College in Holland, MI where she met Donald Eugene Rinkus; they married in 1949.

She faithfully served her Lord as a devout member of First Reformed Church of Grandville for 70 years – teaching Sunday School and leading both the youth group and Esther circle. Frances was very much a family-oriented woman, guiding all with devoted love and comforting prayer, having dedicated 13 years of care to her mother (1984-1997).

Residing in Grandville 60 years, she served as deputy treasurer for the City of Grandville and secretary of bank mortgage and installment loans at Grand Valley Bank for 24 consecutive years.

Frances is preceded in death by her loving husband and siblings Constance Bawinkel, Marion Kopen, Dorothy Warkenthien, Dr. Walter A. Scholten Jr. and The Rev. S. Thom Scholten. Also, two precious grandchildren Robert Brandon and Frances Jacqueline Newell.Frances will be lovingly remembered by her children Frances ’72 (Laurence) Newell of Mexico City, MX; Donald ’74 (Jayne) Rinkus of Grandville, MI; Robin Elaine ’75 (Gil) Baker of Holland, MI; grandchildren Douglas (Shannon) Diekman, Anthony (Kim) and Peterson Rinkus; great-grandchildren Bryce, Colin and Naomi Diekman, and Isabella and Giovanna Rinkus; brother-in-law, LaVerne Bawinkel; as well as extended family and valued friends.

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