Rae T. Kinn
Jan. 8, 1922 — Feb. 16, 2015
Rae T. Kinn (nee Shake) passed away peacefully on Monday, February 16, 2015, at the age of 93. She was born January 8, 1922, in New Harmony, Ind., to the Rev. B. Brooks Shake and Florence (nee Robling).
Her father was a Methodist minister, as were her paternal grandfather and two uncles. Her father officiated her marriages and baptized her children. Rae grew up in southern Indiana and attended De Paul University in Greencastle, Ind., where she affiliated with Delta Delta Delta Sorority and Indiana University, where she was a member of Iota Chi Scholastic Fraternity. She was married July 16, 1943, to Harold A. Todd Jr. of Wauwatosa. Harold enlisted in the Navy and volunteered for submarine duty. His ship, the USS Lagarto was lost with all hands in May 1945, two months after their son, Michael, was born.
Several years later, she married John G. Kinn Jr. of Milwaukee on June 6, 1950, in Whitefish Bay. They lived in Fox Point for three years before moving to Oconomowoc after their son, John II, was born. Jack purchased Birdeners Marina and subsequently established Kinn Motors Marina, which was a prominent business in Oconomowoc until Jack’s death in 1985. Rae was involved in the business also, for many years in the office, sales, and as manager of the gift shop.
Rae loved to sing. She studied voice for many years and performed as a soloist in her younger years. All through her life, she was involved in music through church choir, the Oconomowoc Women’s Club Chorus, the Oconomowoc Music Club Chorus and others. She took elocution lessons as a young girl and gave dramatic readings. She was also very interested and involved in history.
She was a volunteer throughout most of her life at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, the Oconomowoc Public Library, Red Cross, the Oconomowoc Blood Bank, the Waukesha County Research Center, Hawks Inn in Delafield, the Oconomowoc Recreation Department and the Oconomowoc Chamber of Commerce. She was employed from 1990 to 2004 at the Oconomowoc Public Library and was a member of the John S. Rockwell Quarters, the Oconomowoc Music Club, the Oconomowoc Woman’s Club, the Hawks Inn Historical Society, the Oconomowoc Historical Society, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 537 (the Harold A. Todd Jr. Post) and the First Congregational U.C.C. Church in Oconomowoc.
She is survived by her son, Michael B. Todd; grandchildren, Christopher, Katherine and Amy Todd; her sister, Jean Sell; nieces, Mary Todd McCabe and Susan Pistolokis; nephews, David and Jeffery Sell; and brother-in-law, Wesley S. Todd.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 AM until the time of the memorial service at 1 PM on Tuesday, February 24, in the Chapel at Shorehaven.
Memorials to the Oconomowoc Music Department, Oconomowoc Arts Center, or the Oconomowoc Foundation are appreciated.
Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm- Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.