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Luise Gretchen Kink-Heilmann

Luise Gretchen Kink-Heilmann
Luise Gretchen Kink-Heilmann

Miss Luise Gretchen Kink, 4, was born on 8 April 1908 at Zürich, Switzerland the daughter of Anton Kink and Luise Heilmann. Four weeks after her birth, her parents were married.

Luise Kink boarded the Titanic together with her parents at Southampton. She and her mother together with her aunt Maria occupied a cabin at the stern. Another three women were with them.

On the night of the sinking she and her parents were rescued in lifeboat 2.

She grew up at her parents rented farm outside Milwaukee's. After her parents divorce she stayed with her mother. Leaving school very young she had to earn money, because her mother could manage alone.

In 1932 Luise married Harold Pope. The couple had four children (3 girls, 1 boy). They later were divorced. "Al" Kenyon was thereafter her friend. Luise Kink-Pope worked all the time, even into her eighties. She fought against tuberculosis, arthritis and breast cancer.

Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA

She died on 25 August 1992 from lung cancer leaving her friend Al Kenyon, four children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was buried beside her mother at Sunnyside-cemetery, Milwaukee.

Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA


Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Miss Luise Gretchen Kink-Heilmann
Age: 4 years and 7 days (Female)
Nationality: Swiss
Last Residence: in Zurich, Switzerland
Embarked: Southampton on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 315153, £22 6d
Rescued (boat 2)  
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Tuesday 25th August 1992 aged 84 years

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References and Sources

Günter Bäbler (1998) Reise auf der Titanic. Chronos, Zürich
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
List or Manifest of Alien Passengers for the United States Immigration Officer At Port Of Arrival (Date: 18th-19th June 1912, Ship: Carpathia) - National Archives, NWCTB 85 T715 Vol 4183

Newspaper Articles

Le Journal de Genève (21 April 1912) The Kink family
Milwaukee Journal (24 April 1912) Luise and Anton Kink with daughter Luise.
Milwaukee Journal (16 April 1949) Mother and daughter, survivors
Louise Heilmann Kink Kroepfl and Louise Kink Pope in 1949


Louise Pope
Louise's shoe worn off Titanic
Asbury Park Press (1992) Louise Kink
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