Eleanor M. Tinkey

September 19, 1925 ‒ June 08, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD:  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 September 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 September 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 2 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 5-7 pm 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

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  • Please know that we too hurt with you as fellow Christian’s. But we also rejoice in having the privilege of knowing Eleanor. She was such a blessing to all, never missing a special occasion or a word of comfort with her card ministry. She will be missed for certain but we all will be forever blessed by her memory. Eleanor was a one of a kind, one of God’s special servents. We are all better people because we were privileged to know her.

  • So glad we got to know Eleanor thru the Waterford Church, Joel and Merry.She was a wonderful lady and will be fondly remembered by many until we go to join her. You have our our prayers and condolences.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray the Holy Spirit, The Comforter, brings you peace.

  • We send our love and prayers. She was such a sweet friend…may your happy memories bring you comfort. Love, Chuck & Carol Speece

  • I am so sorry for your loss. She was such a Sweet Lady. Will be praying for all of you

  • My sympathy to you and your family. May the God of all comfort bring you peace.
    Linda McClanahan

  • Nancy & family,
    So sorry for your loss. Your mother always had a sweet smile and kind word.
    Comfort to you all in knowing you will one day see her again.

  • Nancy and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Your mom, grandma and great-grandma was such a good example to everyone who knew her. May she rest in peace and always watch over us.

  • So sorry to hear about Mrs. Tinkey. Many fond memories of her at Woodville school. She was always kind and had a smile on her face. Your family will be in our prayers.
    Ron Them

  • PRayers and thoughts are with the family. I am 42 years old I remember Mrs Tinkey serving lunch at the old Woodville school for Madison schools. I was in second grade. Deepest sympathy for the family.

    thank you MRs tinkey. I still have the peanut butter square receipt. shhhh!

  • Our thoughts are with all of you. She was a such uplifting person and show love to all one of God’s Angels. Please be with you and all our love

  • Eleanor was a wonderful lady. My mother and Eleanor were in the same graduating class from Johnsville High School. My mother always spoke so highly of Eleanor. Whenever I would see her, she always had a smile and a kind word. Heaven has certainly gain another angel! May God wrap his arms around all of you in the coming days.

  • You Eleanor’s family: you have been blessed to watch a real Christen in action. To be of her family is a true gift from God.

  • To Eleanor’s family: you have been blessed to watch a real Christian in action. To be of her family is a true gift from God.

  • Ernie and Family—So very sorry for your loss. Eleanor was always so kind when I attended Waterford Church of Christ. Sorry to be out of town and unable to make calling hours. Please know the family is in my thoughts and prayers. Peace be with you.

  • Mr Tinkey and family,
    I wasn’t able to come to the funeral home and I want to express my sympathy to you all. Eleanor was my boss at Woodville and I enjoyed working with her. Even after we retired she would ask how my daughter was doing and was a caring person.
    We both love the Lord and it was a joy to work with her. I’ll miss running into her at the store.
    May the Lord be with you and comfort you only as He can.

  • To Eleanor’s family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May you find comfort and peace in God’s word.