Helen Rinker, age 89, of Willard, Ohio, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Willows at Willard in Willard, Ohio. She was born September 17, 1931 in Willard, Ohio to the late John Ivan and Fannie (Stoyanoff) Kostoff. She retired as a clerk for the B & O Railroad and was a member of the Willard American Legion and VFW.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Charles O. "Olie" Rinker, who died November 21, 1995 and 3 brothers, John Ivan (Martha) Kostoff Jr., Lazar (Dorothy) Kostoff and Chester (Madelene) Kostoff.
There will be a graveside service on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM at the Greenwood Cemetery in Willard, Ohio. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com.
Kathy Taylor - Oct 18, 2020
My condolences to Helen's family. I grew up knowing her as Lena. My mom and dad, Helen and Merle Taylor were very good friends with Lena and Ollie. I always enjoyed visiting with Lena. Now the old gang is together again and enjoy each other's company again! RIP, 🙏💖
Denese Slagle vasquez great niece - Oct 17, 2020
This is what the words of Aunt Helen...and what the letters symbolize of her to me...AUNT HELEN...A is for aunt.. U is for the understanding you had in people... N.. is for your never ending love that you showed to all of us...T . Is for the tenderness you gave to those who loved you...HELEN..H...is for th ed happiness you brought into all of our lives...E. is for the enlightment that you brought to all of our hearts. L..is for the Liquor that you would put in our strawberry daquaries every 4th of july...E..is for ever lasting life.. N ..is for the bever ending memories that we have of you to carry with us always and forever...you will always be my great Aunt Helen you will be dearly missed but never for gotten.i love you Aunt Helen spread your wings and fly on fly on. Your great niece Denese Slagle Vasquez until we meet again
Cynthia and Emory Keller - Oct 16, 2020
Helen was very helpful to me starting out at the B & O and literally the reason I had eight years as a clerk. Emory and I both had so much fun with her and will always remember her. Her family has our deepest sympathy.
Donnie & Carol Buss - Oct 16, 2020
Helen and my Mother were best friends, I am so blessed to have so many fond memories of them together. We all called her "Aunt Lena" and she truly was like family. She has so many waiting on her in Heaven! Love and Miss you!
Suzanne Miller - Oct 16, 2020
I’m so sorry to hear of her passing. She was a bridesmaid in Jeddie and Solon’s wedding, when I was their four year old flower girl, so i feel like I’ve known her all my life. She was
such fun to be around.
Eric Ellis - Oct 16, 2020
Helen was my neighbor for over 40 years.. A nice sweet lady. Sorry to hear of her passing. God bless
John Beekman - Oct 15, 2020
I want to send Helen's family and friends my sincere, heartfelt condolences at the loss of this great lady. I'm sure some of you know that Helen, and Olie prior to his passing, and I were great friends. She was a special no-nonsense, straight talking gal who was not hesitant to tell it like it was, without exception! My wife and kids also loved Helen and Olie and she always asked about them when we would talk. My boys and I will miss her and fondly remember her kindness, generous nature and enthusiastic laughter. Love and miss you Helen! God keep you! Rest in peace!
John Beekman - Oct 15, 2020
I want to send Helen's family and friends my sincere, heartfelt condolences at the loss of this great lady. I'm sure some of you know that Helen, and Olie prior to his passing, were htest friends. She was a special no-nonsense, straight talking gal who was not hesitant to tell it like it was, without exception! My wife and kids also loved Helen and Olie and she always asked about them when we would talk. My boys and I will miss her and fondly remember her kindness, generous nature and enthusiastic laughter. Love and miss you Helen! God keep you! Rest in peace!
Tracey Strong - Oct 15, 2020
RIP Aunt Helen. You will be missed!!
Marcia Loney - Oct 15, 2020
Marsha, you have my deepest condolences. Helen was a real gem.
Emily Booker - Oct 15, 2020
My dear sweet Lena. You will be missed very much by all members of the Buss family. My condolences to the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
JOHN CIOLAN JR - Oct 15, 2020
Nasha Lena (Helen) as my God Mother and under the Kostoff family have been our aunt Lena. You have touched many hearts over the years and we will "All" miss your laugh and stories and memories of the gang at your house for thanksgiving. The party awaits you from family & friends passed.. As long as your in our memories you will live forever in our hearts..
Brenda - Oct 14, 2020
My prayers to Helen’s family ...
Larry & Barbara Blankenship - Oct 14, 2020
We are so sorry about Helen. We considered her a part of our family. She and Lila was best friends forever and was just one of us. I will miss visiting her at the Willows even if we had to talk through the windows ! RIP my dear friend and talk up the last three years with Lila Love you Miss Helen ❤️❤️
Mindy Utz - Oct 14, 2020
My deepest condolences.
Mike and Linda Veletean - Oct 14, 2020
Olie and Helen were two of our favorite people. We had so many good times with them at the legion. We will always remember her and miss her. Such a wonderful lady. Our prayers to all of you.
Katrina Santibanez - Oct 14, 2020
O miss Helen I will miss you dearly lady. She was my adopted grandma. It was an honor to get to take care of her for 5 years. That is, when she wasn't trying to take care of me!!! That's the kind of person she was. I will always love her dearly. Prayers and love for all.
Carole hulec - Oct 14, 2020
Helen was my neighbor for many years. We would sit and visit for hours. She was such a sweetheart.
Tina Carr - Oct 14, 2020
Helen was a nice lady I’ve known her for years and she was a friend of my mom and dad’s. She would always carry a conversation with you
Robin Kuhn - Oct 14, 2020
So sorry John, she was a very fine lady.