1920-2012

Ruth Mildred Brinker of Springdale, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, on her 92nd birthday at The Maples at Har-Ber Meadows in Springdale.  

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at St. Raphael Catholic Church.  Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Tontitown.

Rosary and visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home.  Messages to the family may be sent online by visiting the guest book at www.heritageofnwa.com.

Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762, or to St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1386 S. West End St., Springdale, Ark. 72764.

Ruth was born in Raeville, Neb., in 1920 to Cornelius and Mayme Heithoff Bock.

Ruth married Joseph Peter Brinker on May 24, 1943 in Scranton, Iowa.  She was devoted to the care of her family and enjoyed cooking, gardening, stamp collecting and reading.  She and her husband moved to Springdale in 1983.  She was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church.

Ruth is survived by seven children, Norman Brinker of Corpus Christi, Texas, James Brinker and wife JoAnn of Dudley, Mass., Clayton Brinker and wife Sharon of West Des Moines, Iowa, Stanley Brinker of Bloomington, Ill., Lyle Brinker and wife Judy of Jefferson, Iowa, Patricia Trampel and husband Mike of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Dale Brinker and wife Monica of Tontitown, Ark.; a brother, Ralph Bock of Glidden, Iowa; two sisters, Phyllis Tigges and husband Norbert of Dexter, Iowa, Shirley Clark and husband Warren of Lake City, Iowa; a sister-in-law, Ruth Ann (Whittry) Bock of Hamlin, Iowa; 23 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2006; three brothers, Vernon and Donald Bock, both of whom died while serving in World War II, and Howard Bock; three sisters, Ione Bock, Jean Rector and husband Elvin, Bernice Kohles and husband Fred; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ann Bock.