Mount Vernon News
  • Mary Van Winkle

  • April 3, 2010

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Mary C. Van Winkle, 77, of Battle Creek, Mich., died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at her home.

She was born Sept. 13, 1932, in Knox County, Ohio, the daughter of Ernest Donald and Ruth L. (Woodruff) Noffsinger. Mary graduated from Mount Vernon High School in 1950, Bowling Green State University in 1955 and received a master’s degree in reading education from Western Michigan University in 1977. She was an elementary teacher at Barrington Road Elementary in the Upper Arlington Public Schools and also at West Elementary in Mount Vernon Public Schools. On Sept. 22, 1956, she was married to Owen Van Winkle in Mount Vernon, and they moved to Battle Creek on June 21, 1959. Mary taught at Fremont Elementary School for many years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she served as elder, held various offices in the Women’s Association, was past president of Presbyterian Women and taught Sunday school for 20 years. She was also a member of the Michigan Reading Association and the International Reading Association, as well as the Calhoun County Reading Council.

Surviving are her husband, Owen Van Winkle of Battle Creek; two daughters, Margaret C. Bauman of Chicago, Ill., and Emily M. (John) Keller of Grand Rapids, Mich.; five grandchildren, Matthew Bauman, and Joshua, Nathaniel, Benjamin and Isaac Keller; one sister, Esther M. Mapes of Mount Vernon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Margaret Seanor.

The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home, 703 Capital Ave., S.W., Battle Creek, MI, on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A memorial service will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Battle Creek. Interment will be in Bladensburg Cemetery, Bladensburg, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church.



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