Martha J. (Mrs. L.W.) Van Winkle

Written by Theresa Rose on February 18, 2015

Martha J. Van Winkle

Martha J. (Mrs. L.W.) Van Winkle, 85, of Mt. Pleasant, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at the New London Nursing and Rehab Center in New London.
A graveside memorial funeral service for Mrs. Van Winkle will be held on Saturday, February 21 at the Mercer Memory Gardens, Celina, Ohio, where interment will take place. There will be no visitation at the Kimzey Funeral Home, 213 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant, which is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be directed to www.kimzeyfuneralhome.com. Those considering an expression of sympathy may direct memorials to Iowa Wesleyan College or the Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Mrs. Van Winkle, the former Martha Jane Sites, was born March 9, 1929 in Mercer County, Ohio. She was the daughter of Albert and Sarah Jane (nee Kessel) Sites. She graduated from Neptune (Ohio) High School in 1947 and attended Capitol University in Columbus, OH from 47-48. On April 2, 1950 in Mercer County, OH, Martha was united in marriage to Lawrence William ‘L.W” Van Winkle. To this union, four sons were born – Nicholas, Richard, Michael and Mark. Mr. Van Winkle preceded in death on July 24, 1994.
Following their marriage, Mrs. Van Winkle worked the he Capitol University Library Clerical Staff. She moved with her family as her husband worked for a university in Wisconsin. In 1964, they moved to Mt. Pleasant where Mr. Van Winkle became the Chief Financial Officer for Iowa Wesleyan College. Mrs. Van Winkle took a position as the Receptions for the former Bluebird Midwest School Bus Company in Mt. Pleasant. She retired in 1988.
Martha was a member of Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was active in the Women’s Sewing Group and other functions of the church.
In addition to her children, she is survived by a brother, John P. Sites and 9 grandchildren.
Her parents, 3 brothers – Snowden and Ole Sites and William Kessell and a sister, Mary Bilter, precede in death.