Gretta E. Kinstler, Jefferson City

March 12, 2008

Gretta Ellen Kinstler, 90, of Jefferson City, died Tuesday, March 11, 2008, at Heisinger Bluffs in Jefferson City.

She was born Dec. 14, 1917, in Mount Vernon, Ill., a daughter of Frank and Edith Echols. On Dec. 14, 1935, in West Frankfort, Ill., she was married to John Frederick Kinstler, who died Oct. 12, 1971.

She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ill. After raising her family, she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and the Jefferson City News-Tribune. She retired from the Department of Revenue in 1986.

She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was a 50-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and member of Eugene Chapter 386. She served as worthy matron in 1976 for Jefferson Chapter 496. She was a china painter and served as state treasurer for the world organization of china painters.

Surviving are a son, John David “Red” Kinstler, and his wife, Mary Jo, of Moberly; four daughters, Freda Vollmar, and her husband, Ted, of Sunset Hills, Bonnie Russell, and her husband, R.L., of Sedalia, Mary Ellen Kinstler, and her husband, Bobby George, and Kathleen Stroup, and her husband, Gary, all of Jefferson City; 12 grandchildren, Dr. Theodore Martin Vollmar, Elizabeth Ellen Vollmar, Richard Lee Russell IV, Dr. John Randall Russell, Amy Anne Russell, Michael Kinstler Russell, William Matthew Lichius, John Brent Kinstler, Natalee Dawn Girardi, Kathleen Rene Harden, Jonathan Luke Kammeier and Max Loren Stroup; and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two great-grandchildren; and seven siblings.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church in Jefferson City, with the Rev. Donald Carter officiating. Burial will be in Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Freeman Chapel in Jefferson City, where Order of the Eastern Star services will begin at 7 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Masonic Home or to Heisinger Bluffs.