Elaine Van Winkle

March 12, 1916 ‒ September 24, 2005

Fort Myers, Florida

Elaine Ina Van Winkle, 89, of Chesterville, Ohio and Fort Myers, Florida passed away Saturday September 24, 2005 in Fort Myers, Florida. She was born March 12, 1916, in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Thomas Jefferson and Inez Victoria (Nugent) Hughett. Elaine was the eldest of six sisters.

Elaine graduated from Chesterville High School in 1934. After graduation she returned there and completed a business major and became a telephone operator in Mount Vernon for several years. She was a lifelong member of the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church having taught Sunday and Bible School. Elaine was also a member of the Morrow County Chapter of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Eastern Star Lodge, and was a 4-H Advisor for twenty-five years. She also served as PTO President of the Chesterville School during the consolidation of Highland Schools.

Lester Eugene Van Winkle, Elaine’s husband, passed away March 26, 1988. They were married on May 17, 1941 at the Sycamore Methodist Parsonage. They purchased their farm, 6939 County Road 14, in 1942. They also owned and operated several businesses. The last business was the Chesterville Hardware including heating and plumbing contracting.

In addition to her parents and husband, four sisters preceded her in death; Dorothy Evelyn Mears, Helen Virginia, Talbot, Edna Ruth Poland, and Thelma Jean Eck.

She is survived by a sister Nell Adair Clemens of Ravenna, Ohio, her children (Teddy) Gene (George) Todd, Granville, Ohio; Judy (Keith) Perushek, Cheyenne, Wyoming; Jill (Craig) Harruff, Mt. Gilead, Ohio; and Kim Van Winkle, Ft. Myers Florida; Grandchildren; Tori (Jen) Todd, Tomi (Brian) Liening, Christi (JJ) McCarthy, Monique Lindholm, Ali (Jeff) Vollmer, Taryn Ray, Adam (Lavonne) Ray, Josh Harruff, and Jazmyn Van Winkle; great grandchildren; Nicolas Liening, Alexandra Liening, Bebe McCarthy, Aurora Lindholm, Christian Lindholm, Donovan Lindholm, Brittany Corwin, Madison Vollmer, Troy Clarkson, Garrett Ray, Brooke Bayird, Brittney Baker, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Life will be held October 1, 2005 at the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church, 4865 County Road 98 at 1:00 pm. Burial will follow at the Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation hours will be held from 6-8 pm at the Craven Funeral Home, 67 North Main Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio on Friday, September 30, 2005. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulaskiville Community Bible Church, 4865 County Road 98, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338, or to Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center, 10051 McGregor Blvd, Suite 101, Ft. Myers, Florida 33919, or to Jonnie B. Byrd, Sr., Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute, University of South Florida, 15310 Amberley Dr. Suite 320, Tampa, Florida 33647.