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Annie Bahler - October 09, 2012

Annie Francis (Jinkens) Bahler died at the age of 95 on Oct. 9, 2012 at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins. Annie Francis Jinkens, the second child of Joseph Walter Sr. and Ollie Kight Jinkens, was born Oct. 25, 1916 in Alva, Okla. Annie was one of 10 children born to Joseph Walter and Ollie. (Four siblings died in infancy.)

When Annie was about 2 years old, her family relocated to Wheatland, Wyo. In 1919, Annie’s family moved to Holyoke after experiencing the loss of all their cattle in a Wyoming blizzard. The Holyoke community would remain her home for the rest of her life. Annie received her education through the eighth grade at the Amitie School southeast of Holyoke.

When Annie was 16 years old, she married Albert John Bahler on May 8, 1933. This union was blessed with three sons—Robert (Bob), William (Bill) and Jack—and 77½ years of married life together.

Annie’s life revolved around the many aspects of the family farm, which included raising registered Herefords and operating the Bahler Dairy. In addition to milking cows twice a day, the Bahlers raised a variety of crops. Chickens, cats and peacocks were also raised on their farm.

Annie enjoyed working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She canned and froze much of the produce she raised. She was well known for her pickles—especially her dill and red hot cinnamon pickles.

Annie loved working on crafts, and this passion remained with her until her death. She will be remembered for Christmas trees made out of tumble weeds, Christmas wreaths made out of six-pack pop rings, egg carton lamps, napkin rings, holiday place mats and her now-famous trash cans.

For many years she baked and decorated wedding and special occasion cakes. She retired from cake decorating after completing her three granddaughters’ wedding cakes.

During Annie and Albert’s years together they suffered through the loss of their three sons. In December 1986, their youngest son, Jack, died from cancer. Their second son, Bill, was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 3. He lived and worked on the family farm until complications of the disease took his life in December 1994. Bob, the oldest son, died in December 2008 following a four-year battle with leukemia.

Despite their tremendous loss, Albert and Annie were blessed with their daughter-in-law, three granddaughters, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, along with their siblings, nieces, nephews and friends, who made their life complete. Although Annie’s surviving siblings lived many miles apart at the time of her death, Annie cherished her relationship with them and the many hours they spent talking on the phone.

Annie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke until her death. She was also a member of American Legion Auxiliary. Throughout the years, Annie was an active member in the Pleasant Valley Ladies Club, Amitie Club and Eureka Club.

Annie was preceded in death by her four infant siblings; parents; brothers, Sam Jinkens and Walter Jinkens Jr.; husband, Albert; and sons, Bob, Bill and Jack.

Annie is survived by her daughter-in-law, Vivian Bahler of Holyoke; three granddaughters, Patty Kamery and husband Doug of Haxtun, Charlene Cortez and husband Ian of Colorado Springs and Marlene Walker and husband Clarence of Sterling; eight great-grandchildren, Jennifer Businger and husband Nathan, Miranda Schnabel and husband Kyle, Michael Deslauriers and wife Halie, Jeremy Deslauriers, Jordan Deslauriers, Hayden Cortez, Vanessa Cortez and LoganWalker: two great-great-grandchildren, Rylee Ann Businger and Seth Robert Schnabel; two sisters, Edna Mae Stanley of Gravois Mills, Mo. and Mary Lou Holtman of Ivans, Utah; brother, Max Jinkens and wife Joyce of Salina, Kan.; sister-in-law, Ida Mae Skipworth of Holyoke; and several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

The funeral service was held Oct. 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment followed at the Holyoke Cemetery. Baucke Funeral Home directed the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in Annie’s memory to Zion Lutheran Church or Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation.