Edna Lenora Winckler, age 94, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Friday, November 17, 2017 at Avera Sister James Care Center in Yankton.
Funeral services are at 10:30 AM, on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Riverview Reformed Church in Yankton with Reverend Rodney Veldhuizen officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 2:00 to 5:00 PM, on Sunday, November 26 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service and VFW Auxiliary Service at 4:00 PM. Visitation resumes one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are her grandsons: Steve Bender, Tom Winckler, Paul Dangel, Kelly Dangel, Mark Winckler, Randy Winckler, James Bender and Glenn Winckler. Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.
Edna was born September 3, 1923, south of Delmont, South Dakota in Charles Mix County, to Andrew Sr. and Katherine (Gramm) Fischer. She was the youngest of 12 children and the last Fischer of her generation. She was baptized and confirmed in Frieden's Reformed Church of Tripp. She attended country school and completed her freshman year at Tripp, South Dakota. On June 28, 1941, Edna married Hubert Winckler in Tripp. They farmed for 26 years north of Tyndall, SD. She also worked at St. Michael's Hospital in Tyndall, M-Tron Industries in Yankton and finally at Colonial Square Apartments in Yankton for 22 years. Edna was a member of Riverview Reformed Church in Yankton and a life member of the VFW Auxiliary Post No. 791 of Yankton. Edna loved playing cards, especially pinochle and whist, as well as playing marbles with her grandchildren. She also enjoyed doing embroidery work on dish towels. Above all, Edna loved family gatherings and providing a meal for them. "Come and let's eat." was one of her favorite sayings.
Edna is survived by two daughters: Norma (Robert) Bender of St. Helena, NE and Arla (LaVerne) Dangel of Santa Rosa Beach, FL; six sons: Joewayne (Elaine) of Mesa, AZ, Myron (Barbara) of Winner, SD, Jarvis (Marilyn) of Avon, SD, David (Sue) of Vermillion, SD, Merlin (Lisa) of Collinsville, VA; and Larry (Barbie) of Bruceton Mills, WV; 25 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; brother-in-law, Bernard (Sophia) Winckler of Tyndall; and many, many nieces and nephews.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hubert on June 17, 1995; son, Leland; one sister and ten brothers.
The family would prefer memorials to be directed to Avera@Home Hospice, 501 Summit St. in Yankton, SD 57078 for the excellent care she received.
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We are so sorry to hear of Edna's passing. I knew her all of my life and always appreciated the fact that she befriended my sister Carol later in their lives. They gave each other a lot of support in their time of need. May God bless her and her family. We will not be able to attend the funeral, due to a work conflict that I have on Monday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in the passing of Edna. Growing up as neighbors we have many good memories of Edna and the Winckler family. God bless you all.
Vern & Donna Kaul
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