Mary Kathryn Winnike

Written by Theresa Rose on October 15, 2016

Mary Kathryn Winnike, 73, of West Point, Iowa passed away at 3:50 a.m. Friday, October 14, 2016 at the West Point Care Center in West Point, Iowa.


Born October 1, 1943 in Fort Madison, Iowa the daughter of Louis B. and Anna Marie (Schier) Otte. On September 22, 1963 she married Raymond Joseph Winnike at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point, Iowa.


Survivors include her two daughters; Mary Rae (Bill) Dyer of Omaha, Nebraska and Jacki (Jerry) Holtkamp of New London, Iowa, two sons; Steve (Janeen) Winnike of Long Grove, Illinois and Brad (Kayla) Winnike of Clive, Iowa, eleven grandchildren; Alex, Abbey & Claire Dyer, Courtney (Michael) Fahrer, Hannah (Chris) Johnson and Sarah Holtkamp, Evan & Ethan Winnike and Jenna, Hanna and Haley Winnike; one great grandson; Xavier Johnson, one brother; Fred (Barb) Otte of Fort Madison, Iowa; one sister; Judy (Jerry) Lyphout of East Moline, Illinois, brother and sister-in-laws; Lee Winnike, Max (Jean) Beavers, Lucene Gintz, Mary (Bill) Cosselman and Yvonne (Allan) Carter. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; Ray, one brother; Maurice, sister and brother-in-laws; Mardelle (Frank) Hayes, Clementine Beavers, Marcella (Frank) McKinley, Generose Winnike, Evelyn (Roger) McKeown and Maurice Gintz, one nephew; Dirk Sanders and one niece; Carol Beavers.


Mary graduated from St. Mary’s High School. She was remembered for working for Dr. Buss and the City of West Point as their City Clerk for nineteen years. Her dedicated involvement lead her to receive a distinction from the State of Iowa City Clerks Association. She was a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella, the American Legion Auxiliary for over fifty years, long time member of the West Point Community Club and West Point Development Group and she served as treasurer of the building committee on the West Point Library Board. Mary was passionate about her hometown of West Point and was involved in numerous community and civic events in the area. She was especially instrumental in the music ministry at St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she served as their choir director and sang for many years. In her spare time, Mary enjoyed playing cards at various card clubs, going out to eat, baking and taking long walks outdoors. Family was most precious to Mary. She treasured time with her children and grandchildren and always looked forward to organizing the next family gathering.


Friends may call and meet with the family after 1:30 Sunday, October 16, 2016 at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point. A parish rosary will be recited at 2:00 p.m. and a christian wake service will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the church.


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2016  at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in West Point with Father Dennis Hoffman as Celebrant.


Burial will be at the Calvary Cemetery in West Point.


A memorial has been established in her memory for St. Mary’s Catholic Church.


Online condolences may be made to the family at

Schmitz Funeral Home in West Point is assisting the family with arrangements.