Anne Chapin Booth Zink

Anne Chapin Booth Zink was born April 28, 1935, to Edward and Loraine (Norris)Booth in Syracuse, New York and grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa.

Upon graduating from Iowa State University in 1957, Anne married her college sweetheart, Phillip Leland Zink. They moved to the Detroit area for two years, where she taught high school math. The next decade brought four children and four moves to different states until the family settled in Marshalltown, where Anne eventually returned to teaching math and became the popular head coach of the high school girl’s tennis team. Retirement brought Anne and Phil to White Bear Lake, Minnesota, for the next 33 years. Everywhere she lived, Anne contributed her considerable talents for organizing, communicating and problem-solving to community service organizations, often in leadership roles. Anne and Phil shared their enthusiasm for cross country skiing and cycling well into their 80s with friends, family and strangers alike. They pursued their love of adventure travel in many states and countries, including cycling in Croatia, cross country skiing and whitewater rafting in Norway, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and volunteering for Earthwatch in Alaska.

Anne was a formidable athlete whose competitive highlights included playing tennis in state and national tournaments, being twice on the podium for cross country skiing events at the Masters World Cup in Finland and winning six gold medals in cycling events at the World Senior Games in Utah. Her greatest love was helping young people discover the joys of outdoor recreation and sports. Over her lifetime, she channeled her creativity into ceramics, painting, needlework, sewing, furniture-building and flower-gardening. Almost everyone who came to know Anne admired her as an open-hearted, open-minded and courageous force-of-nature. Although she endured life-changing injuries and recurring cancers over 20 years, she never complained, made every day count and rarely missed admiring the sunset. Always engaging and curious, she cultivated a special and supportive relationship with each of her grandchildren, her children and their partners. She will live on as their inspiration for facing fears, adapting to challenges and embracing life.

Anne died peacefully in home hospice care on July 25, 2022, with family by her side.

She is survived by her brother Richard, children: Dave, Lori, Frank and John, daughters-in-law: Karen, Katie and Eileen, son-in-law Mike and grandchildren: Cristin, Colby, Linnea, Dylan, Simon, Daniel, Monica, Aidan and Declan.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband of 64 years.

The Zink family is grateful to the phenomenal Northern Stars Home Care team for their devoted care.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations in support of youth sports and recreation through The Loppet Foundation or the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation or rural health clinics, schools and sustainable agriculture in Bolivia through Mano a Mano International Partners.

A celebration of Anne’s life will take place in North Oaks, Minnesota, and simultaneously on zoom later in August.

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