In memory of

Wilma Flink

August 22, 1916 - December 2, 2019
From: Lake View, IA
Wilma Flink

Wilma Flink

Born: August 22, 1916
Died: December 2, 2019
Age: 103
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   Wilma Mae (Wright) Flink was born August 22, 1916, in Des Moines, IA. She died December 2, 2019, at Twilight Acres in Wall Lake, IA, where she was the oldest resident. Cause of death was heart failure.

   Wilma was always a trailblazer. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in three and a half years and found work with an insurance company. Due to the Great Depression, her parents couldn’t afford to send both her and her older sister, Maxine, to college at the same time. So Wilma worked for a year and a half before entering Drake University in Des Moines.

   At a time when many women didn’t have the opportunity to attend college, she graduated with a four-year degree in education. Her first job was in Lake View, IA, teaching kindergarten and girls’ physical education classes. It was there that she met Harlan Flink.   After a six-year courtship, the two married on September 9, 1945, when Harlan returned from World War II.

   As a sign of how different the times were in the late 1940’s, Wilma was asked to take a leave of absence from teaching when it was learned that she was pregnant. She put her teaching career on hold in 1947 to stay home with her children, John and Marilyn. She returned to the classroom in 1960, teaching until she retired in 1979.

   Wilma witnessed more than a century of change. When she was born women didn’t have the right to vote, nor were computers and the internet a fixture of our lives. She lived through World War I, World War II, the Great Depression and the many changes that have occurred since then.

   She is survived by her son, John Flink (Julie Petersen) of Washington, D.C., and daughter, Marilyn (Brent) Hylton of Scottsdale, AZ; her sister, Phyllis (Chuck) Benner of Lancaster, CA; two grandchildren, Chris (Andrea) Hylton and Joshua (Adrienne) Hylton; two great-grandchildren, Koston and Tenley Hylton; and numerous family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; her parents, C. Ward and Bernice Wright; her sister, Maxine; and two nephews.

   Wilma will long be remembered as a wife, mother, teacher, and pillar of the Lake View community and Wheatland Presbyterian Church near Breda, where she served as the first woman elected an Elder. Her passion for education left a powerful legacy among the hundreds of her former students who remembered her long after she retired.

10:30 a.m., Saturday
December 7, 2019
Wheatland Presbyterian Church
Rural Breda, Iowa
Reverend Donald Gibson
6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday
December 6, 2019
Farber & Otteman Funeral Home
Lake View, Iowa
Wheatland Cemetery
Rural Breda, Iowa


Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:12 AM
“Iím so deeply sorry for your loss, Wilma was always my favorite. I loved going in and talking to her about anything and everything. She will greatly be remembered. ”
- Krista McCarter
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:47 PM
“Wilma was such a good friend of my mother, Helen Johnson. They enjoyed so many good times together while working at the Lake View (also LVA) school. They also belonged to the same club for many years. I really enjoyed the letters she continued to send to me at Christmastime for many years after mom was gone. I often think of the many miles that she and Harlan walked during their senior years. Her supreme dedication to everything has duly earned her her right to eternal rest and peace. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. ”
- Sally Johnson
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:47 PM
“What a wonderful tribute to Wilma... she woiuld be proud. Wilma lived across the hall from my Dad, Russ Kroeger and I have always been impressed with her wit and her knowledge. I'm so glad I got to meet her... Special to be sure and an inspiration to all of us!”
- Sue Kroeger Snodgrass
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:30 PM
“I, as a tax preparer, did the taxes for Harlan and Wilma, and then after Harlan's death for her. She was always so well prepared even to having various classes of expense or income totaled so we could compare as we went along in the process. I believe my husband, Harold, began doing their taxes, and then when he passed away, I took over. I always enjoyed visiting with her and thus had a great appreciation for her and her abilities. I don't remember the last year she came to our office, but I retired 3 years ago. I never thought of her as being that old -- I was surprised to see in her obituary in the Carroll paper that she was over 100! What a great lady!! Gladys Schmidt (formerly with H & R Block) ”
- Gladys Schmidt
Friday, December 6, 2019 at 4:23 PM
“Wilma was such a wonderful teacher! She taught all 3 of my daughters in kindergarten! They all loved her.
We send our sympathy to the family! God bless you all!”
- Karen Smith-McNeese
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 11:34 AM
“Thank you, Mrs. Flink, for being a Wonderful, Wise and Willing Teacher. What a blessing you and your talents were to so many people, both small and adult.
Rest In Peace. ”
- Janet Schultz
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 5:24 PM
“I remember visiting my grandparents ed and stella olrich in lake view .grandma took us there to visit with her few times...sorry for your loss”
- LeRoy Flink
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM
“Wilma was a wonderful friend through all the years. What an example to so many others in the way she lived! Although I was not one of her kindergarten students, our friendship came together at the Wheatland Church where she and Harlan were faithful members. We have remained friends for many years while my parents, too, were residents at Twilight Acres. She enjoyed reading, visiting, and could be found at worship on Sunday afternoons with a smile on her face singing praises to her heavenly Father. She now has joined Harlan and all the other believers in singing praises with the choirs in Heaven. Job well done, good and faithful servant. ”
- Susan Barney
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:07 AM
“I have fond memories of Wilma and Harlan. She wrote me a delightful letter in response to my card on the occasion of her 100th birthday. What a wonderful legacy she left. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Barbara ”
- Barbara (Patton) Rolph
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 9:34 PM
“Wilma was Ďone of a kindí...she loved each and every one of her kids at LVA. Both of my children were blessed to have her as a teacher...I was blessed to have her as a teaching colleague at LVA. She had the kindest heart. R.I.P. have served so many many children, colleagues, you will be that special Guardian Angel for Ďall your many kidsí who loved and admired you. God Bless.

- Fern Langbein
Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 5:28 PM
“This brought tears to my eyes! 😢 Wilma was my Kindergarten teacher and she was the best. I hadn't seen here in years but whenever I would she would always remember me. Thoughts and prayers to Wilmas family. She will be missed by many! ”
- Brenda Thompson
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