Winifred L. “Winnie” Lehnhart

August 09, 1932 ‒ May 19, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Winnie Lehnhart will be remembered as a teacher of little children. Her forty-two-year career of elementary teaching was characterized by structure and discipline tempered with compassion and love. The kids didn’t mess around in her classroom – she didn’t have time for that – for she had so much for the children to learn.

Winnie passed peacefully into the Lord’s presence Tuesday evening May 19, 2015 from OhioHealth MedCentral Hospital. She was 82.

Born Winifred Louise Satterfield August 9, 1932 in Lost Creek, West Virginia, her family moved to Ashland when she was six months old. She was graduated from Ashland High School and Bob Jones Academy in Greenville, South Carolina.

After graduation in 1950, she moved to Mansfield and the next year married Al Lehnhart.

At the inception of Mansfield Christian School in 1961, Winnie was the first teacher hired, and moved with the school from the Marion Avenue Grace Brethren Church building to its Logan Road school. Winnie was the first Kindergarten teacher.

She followed Al to South Carolina for two years, and upon returning, she taught at Lexington Grace Brethren School before returning home to her Kindergarten classroom at MCS. After her “retirement” in 2003, she continued to tutor.

Winnie had always worked with children. While teaching, she played piano for Jr Church and Sunday School. She loved music and integrated it into her teaching style. She supervised countless Christmas Pageants, school programs, wrote children’s songs and adapted scripture to original or familiar tunes as a teaching tool.

Her book “God Made Pretty Colors” used photographs to illustrate the lyrics of the accompanying song she wrote of the same title.

Winnie also played the lap dulcimer and hammered dulcimer. Self-taught on the hammered dulcimer, she enjoyed playing the unique instrument for public groups and at church. She was a member of Berean Baptist Church.

She and Al are blessed with a family that includes their children Loree & Phil Bowman of Calera, AL, Cheryl & Matt Kline of Mansfield and Matt & Miriam Lehnhart of Mansfield; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, with Pastors Russ Enzor and Nate Meiers officiating. Interment will be in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Mansfield Christian School may be made at the service or mailed to Snyder Funeral Home, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Lehnhart family. Send them a message of sympathy and support at:

  • Thinking of Winnie always made me happy. I loved her spirit and how she loved teaching. We will miss her. Pastor jim and judy.

  • What a wonderful lady! Always so upbeat and genuine. We will miss her and her beautiful dulcimer music at Malabar Farm during our Christmas programs. Also loved her funny stories about the many students she has taught over the years.
    Our thoughts are with you Al, and all of your family.
    Bill & Sybil

  • It just doesn’t seem possible that Winnie is gone from us. She just was a permanent fixture at MCS! We have fond memories of Al and Winnie throughout the 50 years that we have known them. She will be missed so much by so many. Al and children, you are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this loss of wife and mom and grandma. With our love, Jim and Barb Rosser

  • I was a teacher at MCS from 1971 to 1982. While at the school, I had the privilege to have Winnie as one of my colleagues. Also, my son Rick was blessed to have her as his kindergarten teacher. Personally, I will always remember her for her cheerfulness and friendliness.

  • Al, It was a pleasure to have met your Winnie, and we are praying that you and your family know you are in our prayers at this time of sadness.

  • Oh dear Winnie how you will be missed~ You’re smile, sense of humor, wit and your Christian motherly wisdom and advice that you shared with all of us!! We will sooo miss you!! Prayers for you Cheryl and the family!

  • Lehnhart family – We are praying you through this difficult time. So thankful for “Mrs. Lehnhart” (Winnie), she positively impacted so many lives for the good of the Kingdom. A life worth celebrating that brought eternal value! Thank you for sharing her with us. — Steve and Konda Entenmann

  • We are so saddened for your family, and our thoughts and prayers are with you who remain. Because our God is faithful, HE has provided for us in a beautiful way not only to be with HIM but also promises that HE will also provide strength and comfort for your family each day. IT is a beautiful HERITAGE to just think of how many lives Winnie touched and helped to mold, over the years.
    (our three children included) Thank you for supporting Winnie in her most rewarding job and for sharing her with so many. Prayer and thoughts in this difficult time and also rejoicing in our Faithful Savior.

  • She will defiantly be missed, she was the kindergarten teacher for my Son Paul Lumadue and daughter Diana Lumadue. She help to instill the Christ values into their hearts along with the teachings of the early start of schooling. I have always loved her as a teacher and as a lovely Lady.

  • Whenever I saw Winnie, I would first get a smile, then I would get a hug, then I would be told of a way God had blessed her recently and I would get a reminder of the many promises God has given to us all. Winnie was proof the God is in control of all things. He put her in place as a teacher of his truths, both in the classroom and in life.

  • On behalf of the Mansfield Area Dulcimer Players, we extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to Al and the rest of the family. Winnie has always been one of the rocks of this club. We will surely miss not only her professional level hammer playing but her joy of life and dedication to keeping this group alive and active so others might also enjoy the music. On a personal note, I will certainly miss her unfailing friendship.

  • Winnie was a treasured friend. We did baby sitting together for many years at the Berean Church during Tuesday morning Ladies Bible study. The children loved her Bible stories, especially Noah. He came back the following week and wanted to hear the story of Noah again and again. She tutored our grandson when he began classes at Mansfield Christian Schools, and he graduated with honors at Cedarville University and is beginning his Master’s studies soon. She has left a great impact on so many children through her teaching and mentoring. She brought a lot of sunshine to our Parable Sunday Class and led our music every Sunday morning and introduced us to many of her own choruses and songs that she personally had composed. She was in love with her music and teaching and totally dedicated to it. She inspired us all. Our class will dearly miss her but we can hear her leading the grand chorus in Heaven and we will join her real soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with Al and the family. Lovingly and Prayerfully, Ruth and Joe Baxter

  • Mat t and family:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  • Dear Al & Family,
    We are praying for you in this most difficult time. Please accept our deepest, heartfelt sympathy. She touched so many, many lives and helped so many children to not only love learning & music, but to love the Lord. Winnie will be missed by so many!

  • When we think of Winnie, we think of Jesus, teaching and music. She was such a blessing to so many children and families. She will be greatly missed. Our grandson, Ryan, was in her last kindergarten class at MCS. She gave the children such a great start in school.
    Al, Tom has so enjoyed your friendship, and we want you to know that you are
    in our prayers as you face the days ahead. You are loved.
    Cheryl, you were mom’s right-hand woman. I know this has got to be very difficult for you. May our Lord be your sufficiency for all your needs. May God’s promises be your peace and comfort.

  • I have very fond memories of Al and Winnie, we go way back, love that family. What a testimony she was to all who knew her. She was loved by everyone. God bless the family.

  • Cousin Al and family, Extending my sympathy at this difficult time. Hugs and God Bless.

  • Just learned of Winnie passing on with our Lord. She was our children’s kindergarten teacher many years ago and was always thought of with much respect and admiration and how lovingly she served in that capacity. Warm memories. Much sympathy to you, Al, and the family…we know the days without her will be very difficult…love and prayers…Eva and Bob

  • I was blessed to have Mrs. Lehnhart as my kindergarten teacher. Sending love and prayers to her loved ones. She will be missed!

  • Winnie was always quick with a smile. She will be missed. I remember flying Al and Winnie to Aiken, SC and now God has taken her on yet another new destination.

  • May The Lord bring you comfort and peace during this very difficult time. Our love and prayers are with you,
    Chuck and Betty Eichar and family

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time. May your memories of Winnie and the knowledge of her presence with our Lord strengthen you and give you solace in this difficult time.

  • Matt and Miriam we offer you help in the tough times at the loss of your mother and mother-in-law. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you have warm sympathy and memories during this time

  • My thoughts and prayers are with all of you in this time of sorrow. We know the angels are rejoicing in heaven for this special one who offered so much wisdom and love to so many children, my own included. Cheryl you are in my heart praying for peace and comfort from our Comforter as you walk this road.

  • My sincere sympathy to Al and family. We first met Winnie when my son began kindergarten at MCS. She was a marvelous teacher with knowledge, experience and a heart for children. I could not believe all the things that her students were able to do. Winnie explained that she just expected the best they could do out of them. Of course encouragement and love from her had a lot to do with it. Winnie and Al and family became our neighbors on Emerson. What a blessing for us. God’s peace and comfort to all of you! What a legacy she has left behind. Sincerely, Pat Brook

  • Dear Al and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Winnie was a very special person. I loved playing dulcimers with her. She was always smiling. I always liked to sit beside her when we played. I especially enjoyed playing specials with her during our performances. She will be greatly missed in our group. She was a great Christian lady and I know she is with the Jesus she loved.
    Dianne Wiley