The world lost a gleaming beacon of light on Nov. 23, 2022 when Corine “Corky” Winkel passed away.
Corky was born in Kiel Oct. 20, 1936 to Joseph and Irene Beumler. She attended Kiel High School. She married Eugene “Whitey” Winkel on April 13, 1956 with whom she had two children.
Never content to simply sit still, she focused her boundless energy on exploring new opportunities to learn or do something new. A botanist at heart, she loved daisies and took the time to stop and admire any flower that presented itself to her. Being raised on a farm with eight sisters, planting and showing off dirty hands was commonplace for her.
A great conversationalist, she listened intently to your stories. She asked you questions to learn more. Whether in a living room on a cold winter day, the back patio during a warm, sunny afternoon, or at her favorite gazebo by the water in Florida, Corky’s family and friends cherished the time with laughs and enjoyment.
She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren without limits. She spoke of them all with such pride and excitement. She loved all of her sisters and looked forward to talking and visiting with each of them at any chance she could get.
Young at heart, age literally was just a number to her. Well into her seventies and eighties, she could be found giving her great-grandchildren piggyback rides, power washing a picket fence or humming along to a song while taking a walk with whomever got the opportunity to enjoy her presence.
Corky is survived by her daughter, Torie Gray (Charles Gray) who tirelessly, yet lovingly cared for Corky to help her recover and make her comfortable; sisters Clarice Gierke, Jo Ann Kirk, Mildred Vogel, Janet Meek, Marilyn Le Moine, Eileen Gerrity and Paulette Baus; grandchildren Ryan Winkel (Keeley) and Amber Ferreyra (Richard Ferreyra); and great-grandchildren Piersen and Hawthorne Winkel and Emma Jude and Rebecca Grace Ferreyra.
She is preceded in death by her parents Joseph and Irene Beumler; her son Craig Winkel; and her sister Elva Thorton.