A beautiful soul, Emilie Christine Zinke, 86, of Bismarck, went to heaven on September 16, 2017 surrounded by her family and caring staff at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck.
Visitation for Emilie’s friends and family will be held at Bismarck Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 19 from 5-7 pm.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 20, at 11:30 am at Faith Lutheran Church in Bismarck. Burial service to follow at the North Dakota Veteran’s Cemetery south of Mandan, ND.
Emilie, or Christine as her friends called her, was born August 9, 1931 in Frankfurt, Germany to Albert and Marie Hirsch. She grew up in the small village of Altheim and began working at a factory at a very young age. Despite growing up during World War II in Germany, Emilie maintained her positive attitude and determination that would be a hallmark of her life.
Emilie was blessed with her daughter, Roswitha, in 1950. In 1955, God and fate united Emilie with Meinhart Zinke, a young US Army Corporal when he saw Emilie at a train station and told his friends he was not leaving Germany without her. Meinhart and Emilie were married on August 27, 1955 in Budingen, Germany. Although an extremely difficult decision, she left her beloved mother, Marie, and family to start a new life with her, then 6 year old, daughter to settle with her new husband on a farm near Mercer, North Dakota.
Emilie had a strong determination to be an American and to learn English, while continuing to pass on her German traditions. Despite being homesick for her German family, she maintained her positive outlook. Meinhart and Emilie welcomed two sons, Davy and Steven, while living on their farm. The family moved to Bismarck in 1964 and wereblessed with a third son, Curtis.
Emilie was a wonderful mother and cared for her three sons and daughter. She always treated everyone the same. She was very active in the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, including serving as its president. She also enjoyed singing and was involved in the Loyal Order of the Moose’s choir.
Emilie will be remembered for her love of life and openness to everyone around her. Her magnetic personality was evident by the way she befriended everyone she met. Her only ambition was to be a home maker and mother. It was her pride and joy to be with her family. She loved to cook, bake, play games, knit, read, do puzzles, and dance.
Throughout her many illnesses, she still had a positive outlook and wanted to LIVE FOR HER FAMILY. This defines Emilie and is a trait she kept with her throughout the trials and tribulations of her life and will be carried on through future generations. Her family and friends take solace in the fact that she can now see them clearly and will be with them always!
Emilie is survived by her daughter, Roswitha (Dave) Watson, Bismarck, and three sons, Davy (Sheila) Zinke, Valley City, ND, Steven (Stephanie) Zinke, Mandan, and Curtis (Carol) Zinke, Carlsbad, CA , seven grandchildren; Sherry (Larry) Tschida, Jason (Sarah) Watson, Leslie (Andy) Koedam, Doug (Tonya) Zinke, Grant (Emily) Zinke, Thomas (Hilary) Zinke and Mark Zinke and 11 great grandchildren. She also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews both in the United States and Germany.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Meinhart; parents Albert and Marie; and brothers, Albert and Alfred.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the North Dakota Association of the Blind in Emilie’s name.