Rosemary A. Winkler, 80


Rosemary A. Winkler, (nee Hopefl) of Cedarburg, found eternal peace June 3, 2010, at age 80.

She was the beloved mother of Deb (Tony) Kranitz and Daniel (Cynthia) Winkler. She was the dear grandmother of Matt Kranitz, Tia (Benny) Boesch, Kevin Kranitz, Mark (Julia) Wackt, Matthew (Casey Petzke) Wackt and Laura (Dan Klenner) Winkler; and the proud great-grandmother of Alisha Boesch and Olivia Wackt. She was the cherished Godmother of Sue Easterday (nee Schoenknecht).

Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Hazel and Michael Hopefl, and by her loving husband, Donald Winkler. She leaves behind many dear friends and other family members to cherish her memory.

Rosemary was an avid traveler who visited each of the 50 states as well as at least 30 other countries. She thoroughly enjoyed picking out special gifts for her family members from each place she visited. During her travels, Rosemary indulged in her lifelong passion of networking with Girl Scouts and Girl Guides across the lands. She developed long-lasting, cherished relationships with pen pals she kept in England, Australia and New Zealand.

Rosemary loved the outdoors. She would never pass up an opportunity to sing “Kumbaya” by the light of the campfire. She was a lifelong Girl Scout member and as a Girl Scout leader, she shared her passion for the outdoors with her troop through countless camping trips.

Rosemary was an active member of Divine Word Church (currently St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church) of Cedarburg. Rosemary and her husband, Donald, were among the first class of Divine Word’s Eucharistic ministers. She worked as a bookkeeper and personal secretary at Scott Pump until her retirement.

The family will welcome friends at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg for a visitation beginning today, June 8,  at 3 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 4 p.m. with a light meal following. Rosemary will be laid to rest at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Cemetery on Wednesday, June 9.

Memorials in Rosemary’s name may be directed to the Cedarburg Woman’s Club to benefit the Cedarburg Girl Scouts, or to the Girl Scout Friends Campership Fund.

Rosemary’s family wishes to thank nurse Sharon Waski, Dr. Daniel Jablonski, the staff of Family Tree Residential Facility and  the staff of Lasata Care Center for the exemplary care they provided to Rosemary. The family also wishes to thank the Lumen Christi Catholic School students for their regular visits, which provided great companionship to Rosemary.