Loretta A. "Pete" Kinker, age 90 of Batesville, died Monday, January 20, 2020, at Morning Breeze in Greensburg. Born February 17, 1929, in Decatur County Indiana, she is the daughter of Anna (nee Duvelius) and Harry Kinker. She was a member of St. Catherine of Sienna Church Enochsburg Campus and St. Louis Church.
Affectionately know at Pete, she was born with Cerebral Palsy. Although she spent quite a bit of her early years back and forth at Riley Children's Hospital, she never let her limitations slow her down. She was the official babysitter for many of her nieces and nephews. Loretta had a feisty personality and enjoyed rough housing with them. Able to get them into a headlock, they teased that she had a "mean right hook." She treasured time with family. As her parents aged, she took care of them as well as the chores around the house. Loretta was very devout, attending church and praying the rosary daily. Eventually her health prevented her from going to church, but she never missed it on T.V. Bingo and playing cards were favorite pastimes, while sitting on a swing enjoying an occasional glass of wine or a margarita was relaxing.
Pete is survived by her sister Rosemary Cook of Batesville, brother Louis Kinker of Enochsburg and numerous nieces and nephews who were a significant part of her life. In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Julia Pumphrey, Margaret Mollaun, Leona Moeller, Virginia Heck and brother Omer Kinker.
Visitation was Saturday, January 25, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church at Enochsburg. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to Riley Children's Hospital.
Published on January 27, 2020