Susan Kinkle

Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal
Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal

Susan Kinkle, 57, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away on January 5th, 2022, following an ongoing battle with metastatic brain and spinal cancer. She left us peacefully, comforted by the ocean waves coming from a sound machine in her room, reminding her of her favorite place to be: the beach.

Susan was born on November 13th, 1964, to MarJo (Jennings) Craig and Larry Kinkle in Minot. With her father being in the Air Force, Susan moved around the country as a child, including some stints in Michigan and California. After her parents separated following his return from the Vietnam War, Susan moved back to Minot.

Susan was an only child for the first 14 years of her life, before graciously welcoming her new, surprise siblings Rachel and Carl. Her mother made a deal with her that she would never be expected to babysit, but Susan gladly would have done so anyway. She was always dedicated to her family and supported them unwaveringly through many challenging times—she was truly their pillar, upholding and protecting them.

After graduating from Minot High School in 1982, Susan went on to study Petroleum Technology and Computer Programming at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. In 1987, Susan gave birth to her only son, Michael, and in 1992, she moved to Devils Lake to be with her then-boyfriend, Jon Burkhart. She eventually married Jon there in 1994 and they were together for 22 years. Following their divorce, she lovingly referred to him as her “wasband.”

Coming from and marrying into a family of veterans, Susan was a lifelong advocate of service members and their families, dedicating her time to the ND National Guard Family Support group. As a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” Susan also cherished her many feline family members over the years. She even dressed the part for Halloween once, complete with thick-rimmed glasses, hair rollers, and multiple plush cats hanging off her bathrobe. Many would attest that Susan was a gifted baker as well, renowned for the birthday cakes she made for her (favorite) BCBSND coworkers and the baklava she regularly brought to social gatherings.

Susan was fervently passionate about genealogy and served as her family’s resident historian. She was so proud to be a descendent of Plymouth colonist William Bradford, who came across on the Mayflower. This interest in her ancestry developed into years volunteering as a member of various genealogical societies, including The Mayflower Society, The Daughters of Colonial Wars, and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served on the Devils Lake Historic Preservation Commission, and her efforts resulted in the addition of multiple ND landmarks to the National Register of Historic Places.

Susan was well-known for her loving and generous spirit and her warm, one-of-a-kind smile, which lit up every room she entered. She was devoted to her friends and effortlessly seemed to make new ones wherever she went. Susan was above all a survivor, having experienced many heartbreaks and unimaginable ordeals throughout her life, facing each with a boundless resiliency only she possessed. Her kind, selfless, and driven personality was an inspiration to many.

In late 2015, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, this unexpected setback in life would not prevent her from continuing on with her education, and in 2016 she graduated with her Bachelor’s in IT Management from University of Mary. By late 2017, her breast cancer unfortunately metastasized to her lungs and she was hospitalized for several months, courageously fending off the cancer until it eventually went into remission. Shortly after, Susan started working on her next degree and ultimately graduated with her Master’s in Business from University of Mary in 2020.

At the end of 2020, Susan moved to Texas to be near her family once again and bought the first home she could call her own: a brick house with a magnolia tree, which she treasured. In early 2021, after decades apart, Susan was delighted to reconnect with her father Larry and meet her long-lost brother, who surprisingly shared her son’s name, Michael. At the time, she was overflowing with joy and said that God was giving her all the desires of her heart. Despite her cancer suddenly progressing again and her mobility declining, Susan determinedly made it to the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, for one final family trip last November.

Susan was preceded in death by her father Larry Kinkle, who sadly passed a few months after they reconnected, from Covid-19. Susan is survived by her son, Michael Kinkle; mother, MarJo Craig; sister, Rachel (Justin) Elshamy; brother, Carl Craig; brother, Michael (Amber) Kinkle; and uncle, Jim (Denyce) Jennings.

The family requests that any notes or flowers be sent to Susan’s home at 823 Highland Vista, New Braunfels, Texas, 78130. There will be a small memorial held on January 17th at 2:00 PM at One Chapel Austin in Austin, Texas. Please join us for a celebration of Susan’s life on April 7th at 11:00 AM at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo.

Posted online on January 12, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal

Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal
Obituaries in Devils Lake, ND | Devils Lake Daily Journal

Susan Kinkle

Susan Kinkle, 57, of New Braunfels, Texas, passed away on January 5th, 2022, following an ongoing battle with metastatic brain and spinal cancer. She left us peacefully, comforted by the ocean waves coming from a sound machine in her room, reminding her of her favorite place to be: the beach.

Susan was born on November 13th, 1964, to MarJo (Jennings) Craig and Larry Kinkle in Minot. With her father being in the Air Force, Susan moved around the country as a child, including some stints in Michigan and California. After her parents separated following his return from the Vietnam War, Susan moved back to Minot.

Susan was an only child for the first 14 years of her life, before graciously welcoming her new, surprise siblings Rachel and Carl. Her mother made a deal with her that she would never be expected to babysit, but Susan gladly would have done so anyway. She was always dedicated to her family and supported them unwaveringly through many challenging times—she was truly their pillar, upholding and protecting them.

After graduating from Minot High School in 1982, Susan went on to study Petroleum Technology and Computer Programming at the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. In 1987, Susan gave birth to her only son, Michael, and in 1992, she moved to Devils Lake to be with her then-boyfriend, Jon Burkhart. She eventually married Jon there in 1994 and they were together for 22 years. Following their divorce, she lovingly referred to him as her “wasband.”

Coming from and marrying into a family of veterans, Susan was a lifelong advocate of service members and their families, dedicating her time to the ND National Guard Family Support group. As a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady,” Susan also cherished her many feline family members over the years. She even dressed the part for Halloween once, complete with thick-rimmed glasses, hair rollers, and multiple plush cats hanging off her bathrobe. Many would attest that Susan was a gifted baker as well, renowned for the birthday cakes she made for her (favorite) BCBSND coworkers and the baklava she regularly brought to social gatherings.

Susan was fervently passionate about genealogy and served as her family’s resident historian. She was so proud to be a descendent of Plymouth colonist William Bradford, who came across on the Mayflower. This interest in her ancestry developed into years volunteering as a member of various genealogical societies, including The Mayflower Society, The Daughters of Colonial Wars, and The Daughters of the American Revolution. She also served on the Devils Lake Historic Preservation Commission, and her efforts resulted in the addition of multiple ND landmarks to the National Register of Historic Places.

Susan was well-known for her loving and generous spirit and her warm, one-of-a-kind smile, which lit up every room she entered. She was devoted to her friends and effortlessly seemed to make new ones wherever she went. Susan was above all a survivor, having experienced many heartbreaks and unimaginable ordeals throughout her life, facing each with a boundless resiliency only she possessed. Her kind, selfless, and driven personality was an inspiration to many.

In late 2015, Susan was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, this unexpected setback in life would not prevent her from continuing on with her education, and in 2016 she graduated with her Bachelor’s in IT Management from University of Mary. By late 2017, her breast cancer unfortunately metastasized to her lungs and she was hospitalized for several months, courageously fending off the cancer until it eventually went into remission. Shortly after, Susan started working on her next degree and ultimately graduated with her Master’s in Business from University of Mary in 2020.

At the end of 2020, Susan moved to Texas to be near her family once again and bought the first home she could call her own: a brick house with a magnolia tree, which she treasured. In early 2021, after decades apart, Susan was delighted to reconnect with her father Larry and meet her long-lost brother, who surprisingly shared her son’s name, Michael. At the time, she was overflowing with joy and said that God was giving her all the desires of her heart. Despite her cancer suddenly progressing again and her mobility declining, Susan determinedly made it to the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, for one final family trip last November.

Susan was preceded in death by her father Larry Kinkle, who sadly passed a few months after they reconnected, from Covid-19. Susan is survived by her son, Michael Kinkle; mother, MarJo Craig; sister, Rachel (Justin) Elshamy; brother, Carl Craig; brother, Michael (Amber) Kinkle; and uncle, Jim (Denyce) Jennings.

The family requests that any notes or flowers be sent to Susan’s home at 823 Highland Vista, New Braunfels, Texas, 78130. There will be a small memorial held on January 17th at 2:00 PM at One Chapel Austin in Austin, Texas. Please join us for a celebration of Susan’s life on April 7th at 11:00 AM at the Fargo Theatre in Fargo.

Posted online on January 12, 2022

Published in Devils Lake Journal