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Mae Rink

January 27, 1929 — December 2, 2022


Mae Rink

Age 93 of Wilmington, Illinois and formerly of Custer Park, Illinois, died peacefully on Friday afternoon, December 2, 2022 at her home in the presence of family.

Born January 27, 1929 in Custer Park, Alyce Mae was a daughter of James Hugh and Margaret Rose (Weikum) Cunning. She was raised and educated in Custer Park, and on August 7, 1948, Mae married William “Bill” Rink in Wing, Illinois.

Mae worked at various places throughout the years including early on at Mary’s Restaurant, Reynolds Aluminum and the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. Most recently and memorable to the community Mae was a Beautician working out of her home as Mae’s Beauty Salon. She was an active member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Wilmington, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister and taught Religious Education. In addition Mae volunteered for Kuzma Care Cottage for 25 years.

Known as Grandma Mae by family and friends, Mae cherished spending time with family, and took great pleasure in attending all of her grandchildren’s school activities. She was an exceptional cook and baker; was known for her pies, and would frequently return a good deed done with an apple or cherry pie! She enjoyed playing cards with friends, traveling and following the Wilmington Wildcats. Gardening and tending to her flowers preoccupied her time in the seasons that allowed, and her exceptional cleanliness was never ending. Forever in our hearts, Mae will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include two children: Mike (Diane) Rink of Hoffman Estates and Judith (Patrick) Mann of Wilmington; six grandchildren: Ryan (Holly) Rink of Cypress, Texas, Jill (Ted) Lorenzen of Evanston, Illinois, and Jacqueline Mann (Jake), Joe Mann (Amanda), Luke Mann (Madyson “Mini”) and Megan Mann, all of Wilmington; four great grandchildren: Lily Rink, Gage Rink, Eliza Lorenzen and Margaret Lorenzen; one sister, Shirley (the late John) Cavanaugh; two brothers: Ray (the late Kay) Cunning and Donald (Jody) Cunning; numerous nieces and nephews, and several cousins, as well as her special friends: Ruby Green, Irene Walsh and Mary Hendron.

Mae was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William; one son, Daniel; three brothers: William (Dolly) Cunning, Robert (Lorraine) Cunning and Harold Cunning, and two sisters: Minnie (Alfred) LeRoy and Fae (Ray) Lain.

The family will receive friends for a visitation at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington on Tuesday, December 6, 2022 between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will follow Wednesday morning, December 7, 2022, meeting at St. Rose Catholic Church, 604 S. Kankakee Street in Wilmington, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Sebastian Gargol presiding.

Burial will be in Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Wilmington, where Mae will be laid to rest with her late husband Bill and son Daniel. Pallbearers will be: Ryan Rink, Jill Lorenzen, Jacqueline Mann, Joe Mann, Luke Mann and Megan Mann.

Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Mae’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481 or to the Wilmington Foundation for Excellence, 209 Wildcat Ct., Wilmington, IL 60481.

Family and friends are encouraged to log onto to sign the guest book, upload photographs and share Mae’s memorial page online through social media.

Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington. (815-476-2181)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

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