Louise Kinsey Vinner
A wonderful lady with a zest for life who gave her heart and soul to so many left this earth. Louise Kinsey Vinner died peacefully on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at 95 years old.
Born in Glendive, Montana on November 30, 1918 to Lee Roy and Jessie (Case) Kinsey, Louise was their second child. When Louise’s mother died soon after her birth, Louise and her older sister, Doris, were blessed to be loved by Lee Roy’s second wife, O’Delia Rinehart. Ultimately, the Kinsey kids grew to be a close-knit clan of 10 – six girls and four boys.
Louise moved from Glendive to Billings in the mid-1930s to attend Billings Business College and earned a secretarial certification. During that time, Louise was a boarder in the Vinner home where she met the love of her life, Jack Irving Vinner. After a long courtship, Louise (“Dutchess”) and Jack (“Darling”) were married on July 22, 1944. They were a devoted couple. They could frequently be seen dancing the night away at Billings’ area clubs, enjoying time together, and exploring many various travel destinations around the world. Jack was greatly missed when he died in 1992. In 2001, Louise met her friend and companion, Bill Rogers, at St. Vincent’s Rehabilitation. They enjoyed going to the movies and traveling together.
Louise worked at Marshall Wells Oil Company as an oil secretary for many years. After daughter, Jackie, was born, Louise decided to stay at home with her children. Louise and Jack raised daughter, Jackie, and son, Mark, in the family home on Elm Street. She took pride in rearing her children and driving them to their many extra-curricular activities. Louise returned to work at the Executive Building, Boardwalk Travel, and then finished her career at Montana Oil Resources at the age of 85!
The Vinner home was always open to family and friends in the area and travelers passing through Billings. Louise loved to entertain guests and was famous for her cooking. All who knew this eagerly awaited the fall apple crop in the back yard resulting in her delicious apple pies or Christmas time for the tins of homemade cookies and holiday fruit cakes she shared.
Louise was always a very fashionable lady with her sparkly outfits, hair drawn up, and her pink lipstick. She enjoyed spending time with her granddaughters Kristine, Kimberly, and Heather to instill a sense of fashion and sophistication. A petite woman, her tuft of hair could often be seen behind the wheel of her Mitsubishi Gallant driving down Grand Avenue with her even more petite long-time side kick, Yetta Niss, who could not be seen in the passenger seat.
Louise loved animals and animals were always attracted to her home. Neighborhood cats would often visit and, in turn, end up adopting her. She was never far from her loving cats and is still survived by Punky, who moved in from the neighbor’s house.
Louise was a truly amazing daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to many. She was loved and adored by all that she knew and touched with her generosity and understanding.
She will be dearly missed by daughter Jackie (Michael) Bernier; son Mark (Holly) Vinner; granddaughters Kristine (Marty) Laib and Kimberly (Dale) Koch; great-grandchildren, Kinsey and Ian Laib and Cohen and Khloe Koch; brothers, Don (Julie) Kinsey and Bill Kinsey, and a sister Margaret Hull. Many nieces and nephews will also miss dear Aunt Louise.
Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Roy, Jessie and O’Delia Kinsey; husband Jack; sisters Doris, Irene, Ann Marie, and Elizabeth; brothers James and Marvin; granddaughter Heather Hogan; and close friends, Yetta Niss and Bill Rogers.
The family extends its warmest thanks to Tender Nest Assisted Living and Rocky Mountain Hospice for the support Louise received while in their care.
A vigil will be held on Tuesday, June 17, at 7:00 pm at Dahl Funeral Chapel. A funeral mass for Louise will be performed on Wednesday, June 18, at noon at St. Patrick’s Co-Cathedral. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will gather again at the church for a reception in Louise’s honor.
Memorials may be directed to Martha Ozonoff:
CA&ES Dean’s Office
150 Mrak Hall
University of California
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
Please note Marvin Kinsey Graduate Award in the memo line of the check
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.dahlfuneralchapel.com