Norma Winkler, 88 of Corning, Iowa entered eternal rest Friday, November 27, 2020 at CHI Health Creighton Bergan Mercy in Omaha, NE. A private funeral for the family will be held at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center. Mr. Larry Johnson will officiate. Visitation will be open to the public from 1-6 PM Monday, November 30, 2020 at the funeral home. The interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery at Quincy. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Norma Winkler Memorial, for future designation. A public Celebration of Life Service will be held May 8, 2021.
Norma Jean Winkler was born in Monroe Township, Madison County, IA on September 1, 1932, the daughter of Thomas E. and Opal E. (Eldridge) Wearmouth. Norma was educated in the Macksburg Schools and graduated with the Class of 1952. Following graduation, Norma lived in Des Moines, IA where she worked for the Farm Bureau and Preferred Risk Insurance.
On March 10, 1963, Norma was united in marriage to Paul Neill Winkler in the Creston United Methodist Church. Norma and Paul lived on a farm north of Corning, in Washington Township. One son, Glen was born to bless their union. When Glen was growing up, Norma worked part-time for the Adams County Farm Bureau. She later worked at Country Haven in Corning as a full-time cook. Norma retired in 2004 after 17 years at Country Haven. Norma spent the majority of her married life working alongside Paul, helping on the farm.
Norma had a knack for making friends throughout her life and had numerous adventures with friends Bernadine Behlers and Eileen Hickie, Helen Palma, Laura Johnston, Carmene James and many others. She appreciated the daily help and conversations with her friend Melodie Oliver.
Norma was a member of the United Methodist Church and past member of several ladies’ agricultural organizations. She was a former member of the Washington Township Friendship Club. Although she never learned to sew, Norma was terrific at patching pants and enjoyed doing this for her family. Her life revolved around her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding Norma in death was her husband, Paul; twin brother, Russell Wearmouth; her parents; sister-in-law, Ruth Holaday and her in-laws: Paul and Blanche Winkler.
Norma is survived by her son, Glen (wife Melodie) Winkler of Corning; 4 grandchildren: Jacob Paul (wife Kristina) Winkler of Creston, Joshua Glen (wife Jasmine) Winkler of Corning, Melissa Marie Winkler (significant other, Reggie Perrin) of Corning and Grayson John Winkler of Corning; 4 great-grandchildren: Berklee Marie, Jade Rae and Jameson Albert-Neill Winkler and Becca Opal Perrin; her brother, Dale (wife Ava) Wearmouth of Macksburg, IA; 2 sisters-in-law: JoAnn Wearmouth of Perry, IA and Evelyn Dammann of Overland Park, KS; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Norma is also survived by her life-long friend, Kathryn Shetty and many other special, dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.