John Baptiste Kinzelmann (1932-2017)

John Baptiste Kinzelmann, 84, of Manchaca, TX, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Monday, February 27, 2017 in his home. He was born in Kingston, NY on May 24, 1932 to John and Julia Kinzelmann.  He was married on June 29, 1985, to Cindy Judge, his wife of 31 years. 

Although John was a Master Plumber for over 60 years, he was a jack of all trades and could fix anything. John was known by all to be a great cook, especially when it came to BBQing on his hand crafted smoker. Above all, he was a family man, fiercely loving his ten children and numerous grandchildren, and showed everyone Christ’s love through his servant’s heart.  His infectious smile, love for life, sense of humor, and trademark finger wave will be forever missed.

John is survived by his wife Cindy, three loving siblings, and children Kathy (Michael) Chiappetta of Milwaukee, WI, Karen (Robert) O’Connell of Catskill, NY, Laura (David) Ryan of Reading, MA, Susan (Thom) Murcko of Highland, NY, Jerry Kinzelmann of Catskill, NY, John (Gail) Kinzelmann of Castleton, NY, Lisa (Rich) Toellner of Oshkosh, WI, Amy (Dale) Baker of Hutto, TX, Lynette (Wayne) Bunce of Windham, NY, Kristi (Calvin) Ortiz of Ravena, NY, and Ashley (Andrew) Kniffin of Napa, CA. John is also survived by 29 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 4 at Hays Hills Baptist Church in Buda, TX at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor David Sweet officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Medical Missions Outreach, 9200 Philadelphia Road, Baltimore, MD 21237 (, or to Go-drill ( 

His family wishes to express their sincere thanks for the many prayers and to Silverado Hospice for the outstanding care provided to John and his family.

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