Bertha Kinzer

Bertha Kinzer

2/6/1930 — 5/4/2024

Madlynn Kinzer at the age of 94 passed away in her sleep of age-related causes early Saturday, May 4, 2024, at Life Care Center in Lewiston.

Madlynn was born Feb. 6, 1930, near Pullman, to Herold and Francis Boone Brewer. Madlynn was the youngest of six children.

One of Madlynn’s passions when she was young was raising and showing livestock. She showed champion stock at all the local shows and traveled to Auburn, Wash., and Portland to participate in their Junior Stock Shows resulting in numerous champion trophies and ribbons.

Madlynn married Ted Kinzer, of Uniontown, on Oct. 25, 1951. In 1953 they were able to lease a farm southwest of Genesee, which they were later able to purchase. She continued to raise livestock and sold eggs, milk and cream to customers in Genesee, Lewiston, Clarkston and Asotin.

She was a 4-H leader of the Genesee Livestock 4-H Club for 25 years while teaching and helping hundreds of students with their projects.

Her milk cows and laying hens took priority over most things. The cows had to be milked twice a day and eggs gathered twice a day. Therefore, Madlynn rarely left home overnight. If she did, it was contingent upon her brother Wink (Daniel) being able to help the boys milk and make sure everything got fed and watered.

To keep up on the local scuttlebutt, Madlynn worked at the local Pastime Pool Hall when the owners needed a break. That was usually evenings and weekends.

Another one of Madlynn’s passions was picking huckleberries in the mountains around the region. Most of the year she didn’t travel very far from home but during huckleberry season all bets were off. She even found some white huckleberries and was asked by a college professor to take him to them, which she did. I don’t think he believed they existed.

Madlynn was preceded in death by her husband Ted Kinzer, her parents and five siblings: Ken Brewer, of Pullman, Daniel Brewer, of Lewiston, Amelia Hagen, of Reno, Dayton Brewer, of Lewiston, John Brewer, of Pullman, and her daughter-in-law Sabrina Kinzer.

Madlynn is survived by her four children: Tom Kinzer, of Genesee, Dean and Barb Kinzer, of Pullman, Kathy Jack, of Lewiston, and Kieth and Beverly Kinzer, of Genesee. Madlynn also has 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

You are welcome to attend an “Interment Service” at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Uniontown cemetery with a “Memorial Service” to follow at 3:30 p.m. at the Genesee Community Church.


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Friday, May 17, 2:30 PM
Uniontown Community Cemetery
Aladdin Avenue
Uniontown, Washington 99179

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