WINCKLHOFER, Lorraine Maier,
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.
Online condolences may be sent to www.salemfh.com.