Martina F. Winckler, 85
Martina F. (Marty) Winckler, 85, left this
world surrounded by her loving family on Aug. 30, 2008. For the last three
weeks of her life with us, Marty received loving care at the Clairemont
Nursing and Rehab Center in Eau Claire, as well as the excellent care of
St. Joseph’s Hospice of Chippewa Falls.
Marty was born to valentine and Magdalena (Schumacher) Gau on March 13,
1923, in Fond du Lac.
She graduated from St. Mary’s Springs Academy in Fond du Lac in 1941 and
continued her education at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Wausau,
graduating in 1944.
As a registered nurse, she worked a year in Milwaukee and then came to
work for St. Joseph’s Community Hospital in West Bend. In West Bend,
Marty met George (Shorty) Winckler from Barton and they married on June 1,
She continued to work throughout their marriage and the raising of their
After Shorty’s sudden death in January of 1970, she dedicated herself to
her family and her career.
Marty was an avid football fan and loved most to watch her boys plan,
traveling across the Midwest to catch as many games as possible. Bob
played for the Wisconsin Badgers and John played for St. Norbert’s
College (Green Knights) in De Pere.
Her enthusiasm for these two teams continued long after her boys were done
In 1985, Marty retired from nursing after 42 years at St. Joseph’s
Community Hospital. She continued her travels well into her retirement.
In 1999, she began to winter in Greenville, S.C. with her daughter Carol
and son-in-law Bill.
Due to declining health, she moved permanently with Carol and Bill in
2001. In 2005, they moved to Nashville, Tenn., returning home to Wisconsin
in June of this year.
Marty was fun-loving and enjoyed a good joke, playing cards (especially
Sheepshead and Gin) and football.
Marty will be dearly missed by her family and all the friends who knew and
Marty was preceded in death by her husband, George (Shorty) Winckler; her
parents; and a sister, Delores Weber.
She is survived by daughters, Kathleen (James) Fritz of Eau Claire, Carol
(Bill Osborne) of Elk Mound; and sons, Robert (Sue) Winckler of DeForest
and John (Kate) Winckler of Oconomowoc. Her loving grandchildren include
Lisa (James) Wilkinson, Washburn; Julie Fritzs, Eau Claire, and Sara
(Jason Dekan) Fritz, Eau Claire. Kelly, Matt and Leah Winckler of DeForest;
Haley and Anna Winckler of Oconomowoc; and two special grand-dogs, Pepe
Also surviving are one sister, Rosemary (Gordon) Nickel of Fond du Lac;
and brothers, David Gau SJ, Wyoming, Paul (Charlene) Gau, Fond du Lac, and
James (Maxine) Gau, Oregon; as well as many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Marty’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St.
Mary of the Immaculate Conception in West Bend.
Visitation will be held one hour before, with family fellowship following
Private interment will be held later.
Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 S. Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona
(WI 54720), is serving the family; 715-832-3428.