Katherine Worthington

Katherine Joan "Tinka" Worthington

Jul 23, 1926 - Dec 4, 2018
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On December 4, 2018, the world lost a true angel: our mom, Katherine Joan “Tinka” Worthington. Tinka, her affectionate German nickname, was born on July 23rd, 1926, at Toledo Hospital, to her beloved parents Loretta Cook Heinlein, housewife and accomplished artist, and Harry Julius Vortriede, a printer by trade.  Her only brother, Dr. Charles Henry Vortriede, a general surgeon, who preceded her in both birth and death, was born on August 3rd, 1916 also at Toledo Hospital. He was a true light in her life, as was his entire Detroit, MI based extended family.
Tinka attended Western College for Women in Oxford, Ohio, located adjacent to Miami University, where she eventually met her future husband, Randall “Randy” Wade Worthington, Sr.  Getting married after Randy’s short stint in the Navy and his college graduation, they spent 58 happy and wonderful years together raising 5 children and running their own successful furniture operations and businesses. After Randy retired, they purchased a motorhome and traveled throughout the U.S. — Tinka saying that was one of the happiest times of her life.  But Mom’s greatest joy was her family. She loved gathering us all together just visiting or playing cards. And she always fed us. Boy did she feed us! Mom was an absolutely fabulous cook, and her English muffin bread was the best, to which all family and many friends can attest!
Tinka inherited a deep artistic talent from her mother, including oil, watercolor, and pastel painting.  She carried her artistic bent later to include the fine art of dyed-dough flowers of precise scale and detail. She also spent an entire decade pursuing cut stained-glass art.  And, toward the final decades of her life, she dedicated her talents towards weaving arts: carding, spinning, and weaving.
Tinka is preceded in death by Randy but is survived by her children: Randall Wade Worthington, Jr. and his wife, Mary Jo (Munroe Falls, OH); Laurie Miller and her beloved deceased husband Robert Lincoln Miller (Kansas City, MO); Charles Worthington and his wife, Jean (Mansfield, OH); William Worthington and his wife, Chris (Bluffton, OH), Kate Simmons and her husband, Scott (San Francisco, CA) as well as 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  We were so blessed to have this woman for 92 years whether as our mom, our grandmother, great grandmother (“GG”), our friend or our confidant. She will be missed beyond words.
A member of First Christian Church in Stow, Mom’s memorial service will be planned and held later, as the weather improves. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, PLEASE MAKE DONATIONS TO MOM'S FAVORITE CHARITY -THE SALVATION ARMY.
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Posted at 10:32am
To the Family of Tinka:

I did not know your mother personally, but my heart is saddened to learn of the pain you are experiencing from her death. Her smile caught my eye, and I can only imagine the larger than life person she was as described in her obituary. What a beautiful person to have her life cut so short in this system. We were not originally created to experience death, and yet we do experience it. Does death simply end it all? The patriarch Job raised a question when he felt near to death. “If a man dies, can he live again?” he asked.—Job 14:14. What hope do we have that the dead who lie asleep in the grave will return to life? We find the answer in God's Word, the Bible. God promises that there will be a future resurrection of loved ones who have passed—Acts 24:15. The Bible repeats this resurrection promise time and again. As Job well knew, God’s will is to resurrect the dead. When that day arrives, death will truly be brought to nothing. And never again will anyone wonder, ‘Does death end it all?’ But this raises additional questions. Who will be resurrected, where will they be resurrected and WHEN?! You can find the answers to those questions by visiting www.JW.ORG and entering the word "death" under the search engine to find the Bible's reliable and trustworthy answers. I hope this message and information bring a measure of comfort to you.

Mary Jo Lucarelli

Posted at 10:54pm
I am so sorry for your loss My prayers are with all of you at this time. Tinka was a remarkable woman. She loved you all so dearly.
Your mom was one of the first people I met when I moved in to Silver Lake Towers. She came welcoming me as a new resident with a fresh baked loaf of bread, actually she brought two of them.
I am soo happy she came into my life and I know God sent her at the right time. I will cherish all the talks we had, her wisdom and her wit, her giving heart... She taught me so much.
Rest in peace dear Tinka❤️


Bill Worthington

Posted at 08:35am
Mom... May flights of angels accompany you to Dad... I love you..
I will never forget the kindness, mercy, and forgiveness you showed me through my whole life...
My heart is breaking
But I am also happy that you are at peace
God have mercy..Amen😘

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