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Luise Kink-Heilmann

Luise Kink-Heilmann
Luise Kink-Heilmann

Mrs Anton Kink-Heilmann (Luise Heilmann), 26, was born on 21 March 1886 in Germany.

On 5 May 1908 she married Anton Kink, 22, from Mahrensdorf, Austria. Four weeks after the birth, on 8 April 1908, of a daughter Luise. The couple lived at 66 Hornbachstrasse, Zürich until 31 March 1912.

Together with the Kink family were her husband's siblings Maria Kink and Vinzenz Kink. They all boarded the Titanic at Southampton as third class passengers. Mother and daughter shared cabin R190 with Aloisia HaasJosefina Arnold and her sister-in-law Maria Kink.

On 14 April April her husband appeared after the collision, woke her, and told her what had happened. The women dressed. Somehow they managed to reach the Boat-Deck, but Anton's brother and sister were lost. Luise and her daughter entered lifeboat #2 but Anton had to stay behind. The boat was about to be lowered when he jumped into it.

Anton Kink, his wife and his daughter went on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He leased a farm outside Milwaukee's. Luise was divorced in 1919. Luise Kink-Heilmann never learned enough English to speak it well. She secluded herself more and more. Later she married a Mr Kroepfl. She never talked about her experience on that fateful night. If someone asked, she always said: "Why do you want to know that?", and would burst into tears. However, in 1974 she suddenly stated: "Being in the lifeboat, waiting for the Carpathia, never had I thought, I would live to grow as old as I'm now."

Her daughter Luise took care of her till her death on 9 October 1979. She was buried at Sunnyside-cemetery, Milwaukee.

Courtesy of Michael A. Findlay, USA

Titanic Passenger Summary

Name: Mrs Luise Kink-Heilmann (née Heilmann)
Age: 26 years and 25 days (Female)
Nationality: German Swiss
Marital Status: Married to Anton
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 16th October 1979 aged 93 years

Linked Biographies

Cabin companion
Anton Kink

Maria Kink

Vincenz Kink


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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


Memorial card from the funeral service of Louise Kink Pope
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