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Dona Jean Van Winkle

April 28, 2020


Dona Jean Van Winkle, 64 of Mansfield passed away on April 28, 2020 surrounded by her family. She was born to Kent and Edith Eileen (Simpson) Van Winkle on May 23, 1955 in Mt. Vernon, Ohio.

Jean worked as a home health aid, along with her lifelong friends, for the Knox County Health Department for 25 years. She was an avid reader, crocheted with love, enjoyed baking with and for her grandchildren, playing cards with her friends at Applewood, her favorite flowers were pansies and she enjoyed watching humming birds. She was a member of the Covenant Christian Church in Mt.Vernon. She loved volunteering in the card ministries, as well. Known as “Gram, Grammy, Jema and Grandma Jean” by her grandchildren she shared her wisdom through her example to always be positive, happy and know how to take a joke, all in good fun.

She is survived by a daughter Jeanna (Adam) Wade of Mansfield; a son Dale (Jennifer) McCallister of Millwood; grandchildren Joseph Wade, Jericah Moore, Natasha Rine, Isabella Wade, Joslynn Rine, Kent Wade and Bella Rine; a brother Bill (Sandy Petry) Kidd of Mount Vernon; an uncle Owen Van Winkle; great friends and outlaws Dorothy McCallister,  Mary Lou Fanello and Bev (Jim) White, a step son, Andrew Wells and his children Shane, Jacob and Katelyn; grandchildren Cameron and Aria; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; a sister June Miller; uncles Clay, Lake, Neil, Carl and Hugh Van Winkle; a sister in law Shirley Kidd, a brother in law Gene Miller and aunts Phyllis,  Edna, Geneva and Mary Van Winkle.

Memorial Contributions can be made in Jean’s honor to Covenant Christian Church, New Directions or Interchurch Social Services.

A celebration of life will take place at Covenant Christian Church in Mount Vernon at a later date.


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