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Luise Gretchen Kink, Luise Kink, Anton Kink

Luise Gretchen Kink with her parents

Luise Gretchen Kink-Heilmann, 4, was born on 8 April 1908 at Zürich, Switzerland the daughter of Anton Kink and Luise Heilmann. Four weeks after her birth, her parents were married.

Luise Kink boarded the Titanic together with her parents at Southampton. She and her mother together with her aunt Maria occupied a cabin at the stern. Another three women were with them.

On the night of the sinking she and her parents were rescued in Lifeboat 2.

She grew up at her parents rented farm outside Milwaukee's. After her parents divorce she stayed with her mother. Leaving school very young she had to earn money, because her mother could manage alone.

In 1932 Luise married Harold Pope. The couple had four children (3 girls, 1 boy). They later were divorced. "Al" Kenyon was thereafter her friend. Luise Kink-Pope worked all the time, even into her eighties. She fought against tuberculosis, arthritis, and breast cancer.

She died on 25 August 1992 from lung cancer leaving her friend Al Kenyon, four children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was buried beside her mother at Sunnyside-cemetery, Milwaukee.

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