WINCKLHOFER, Lor­raine Maier,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - REMEMBERING -

Her fam­ily is grate­ful for the love re­ceived from Lor­raine Maier Wincklhofer. Lor­raine was born Fe­bru­ary 4, 1928, in Irv­ing­ton, New Jersey, to Frank and May Maier. Af­ter suf­fer­ing from a stroke in Jan­uary, she passed from this life with dig­nity and grace two days af­ter her 91st birth­day on Fe­bru­ary 6, 2019.

Grad­u­at­ing from Irv­ing­ton High School in 1946, she was ac­tive in nu­mer­ous school ac­tiv­i­ties and was ex­tremely pop­u­lar. On ev­ery page of her se­nior year­book class­mates of­fered her friend­ship, shared sto­ries and of­fered her the hope for a won­der­ful and ful­fill­ing life–all of which she achieved.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion she found em­ploy­ment with New Jersey Bell, where she worked in the Ne­wark busi­ness of­fice. In 1948, she met the love of her life, Robert C. Wincklhofer (Bob) through her church’s youth fel­low­ship pro­gram. They were mar­ried shortly af­ter Christ­mas 1949. Her first ad­ven­ture was the birth of her daugh­ter Kathryn Lee, fol­lowed shortly there­after with her sec­ond ad­ven­ture–the move to a new "post war" hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in Whip­pany, New Jersey. There she met life­long friends and ex­pe­ri­enced her third ad­ven­ture, the birth of Carol Ann. She re­mem­bered her time in Whip­pany as a place where she gained self-as­sur­ance and pur­pose.

Bob was a sci­en­tist with Al­lied-Sig­nal Com­pany, now part of Honey­well. In 1964, they moved to Rich­mond, Vir­ginia, to fur­ther Bob’s ca­reer. The fam­ily set­tled in the Mead­ow­brook neigh­bor­hood of Chesterfield County. This was her fourth ad­ven­ture. Mov­ing from north­ern New Jersey to Rich­mond in the mid-1960s was a cul­tural change. For ex­am­ple, she re­mem­bered the dis­tinc­tive dress code for shop­ping in down­town Rich­mond at Miller & Rhoads or Thal­himer’s-dresses with white gloves, no mat­ter the heat.

Bob and Lor­raine had a rich and full life in Rich­mond, and both were world trav­el­ers. Along with nu­mer­ous pho­to­graphs, their fam­ily room also dis­played a large world map with pins and strings show­ing the scope and scale of their in­ter­na­tional trav­els. While Bob pur­sued his sci­en­tific and busi­ness ca­reer, Lor­raine honed her skills as a mom, in­no­va­tive chef, seam­stress and du­pli­cate bridge player. She be­came an im­por­tant con­trib­u­tor to Rich­mond’s vol­un­teer com­mu­nity. When her daugh­ters were stu­dents in the Chesterfield School Sys­tem, she was ac­tive in the PTA. She founded Chesterfield County’s Meals on Wheels Pro­gram and was a vol­un­teer with the pro­gram for many years. As an El­der of New Covenant Pres­by­te­rian Church (USA), she was ac­tive in es­tab­lish­ing the new church home on Iron­gate Dr., and was ac­tive with the Pres­bytery of the James. She vol­un­teered at the Her­mitage Rich­mond for over 20 years. Her faith and life of "ser­vice to oth­ers" bore no greater wit­ness than in her de­vo­tion to her hus­band, daugh­ters, sons-in-law, grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

To be closer to their daugh­ter, Kathryn, Bob and Lor­raine moved to Salem­towne Res­i­den­tial Com­mu­nity, Win­ston-Salem, N.C., in 2013. There she con­tin­ued her vol­un­teer ac­tiv­i­ties by staffing the gift store, play­ing bridge and re­main­ing a mas­ter cho­co­late chip cookie baker.

Her hus­band, Bob; and younger daugh­ter, Carol pre­de­ceased Lor­raine. Sur­vivors in­clude, Kathryn W. Colenda (Christo­pher) of Win­ston-Salem; son-in-law, John Weise of Norco, Calif.; grand­chil­dren, Mered­ith Col­lie (Stephen) of Char­lotte, N.C.; Stephanie Lea (Jonathan) of At­lanta, Ga.; and Christina Weise of Norco, Calif. Great­grand­chil­dren in­clude Avery El­iz­a­beth Col­lie, Kennedy Adair Lea and Jack­son Drum­mond Lea.

The fam­ily is grate­ful to for­mer Dean of Medicine and Pres­i­dent of Health Sciences at Wake For­est Univer­sity School of Medicine, Dr. Wil­liam B. Ap­ple­gate for the com­pas­sion­ate care that he pro­vided Lor­raine dur­ing her time in Win­ston-Salem. Ever the gen­tle pro­fes­sional, he em­braced her in­creas­ing frailty with dig­nity, grace and com­pas­sion, and never aban­doned her hope.

As did her hus­band, Lor­raine willed her body to Wake For­est Univer­sity School of Medicine’s Whole Body Donor Pro­gram. The fam­ily is grate­ful for the car­ing staff at Trel­lis Sup­port­ive Care and to the nurs­ing staff of the Mill Place health­care unit at Salem­towne. A me­mo­rial ser­vice cel­e­brat­ing her life will be held at the Salem­towne Res­i­den­tial Com­mu­nity. Do­na­tions in Lor­raine’s mem­ory may be made to the Sticht Cen­ter on Ag­ing at Wake For­est Univer­sity School of Medicine.

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