Virginia 'Ginni' Zink


Ginni" Zink, 91, passed away at Elevate Care in Riverwoods, Illinois, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, following an extended illness.
She was born in Holdredge, Nebraska, on April 23, 1928, to Grant and Mildred (Baxley) Johnson and was a part of a Swedish family that homesteaded Nebraska in 1876. Ginni was a graduate of Shortridge High School in Indianapolis-Class of 1946. She attended Indiana University where she was a founding member of the first Alpha Phi Sorority chapter on campus. While attending Indiana University she met her future husband, Darrell "Bud" Zink and they were married in February of 1948. They moved to Marion, Indiana, after Bud graduated, and their daughters, Kim and Julie were born there. In 1957, they moved to Alexandria where Bud took over editorship of the Alexandria Times-Tribune and then eventually opened Printer Zink.
Ginni was a stay at home Mom, but she did proofreading and editing for the Times-Tribune from time to time. She was very involved in the Alexandria First United Methodist Church, serving on many committees and singing in the sanctuary choir. She also sang in the Anderson Symphonic Choir. Ginni was very involved in her community and was an active member of Tri Kappa, Riley Club and the Elks Lodge.
She loved to perform with the Alexandria Community Theater, and she acted in countless plays and musicals. In the early 1970s, Bud and Ginni got interested in early American primitive antiques. Their hobby then became a business which they called Three Springs Antiques. They did antique shows all over the country and loved meeting fascinating people in the antique world. She was an avid bridge player. Ginni was an elegant, warm, kind lady who was loved by all that she met. She loved Alexandria and all of the people in it.
She is survived by her daughters, Kim (Sophee) Strader of Westminster, Colorado, and Julie (Ron) Kaplan of Deerfield, Illinois; and grandson, Lucas Kaplan of Chicago, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 45 years, "Bud" Zink in 1993; brother, G. Weldon Johnson; sister, Jane Stewart.
Services honoring Ginni's life and legacy will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, with Rev. Jerry Thomas officiating. Graveside services will follow at noon in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.
Friends may call at the Owens Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer's Association with envelopes available at the funeral home or on-line at
Owens Funeral Home is honored to care for Ginni and serve the Zink family.
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