Helen Ann (Zimmer) Winkelman

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Helen Ann (Zimmer) Winkelman, age 97, formerly of Meta, passed away on Sunday, May 30, 2021, at Villa Marie in Jefferson City. She was born in Defiance, Iowa, on April 27, 1924, daughter of the late Lawrence and Adeline (Roecker) Zimmer. On February 5, 1946, in Brinktown, Helen was united in marriage to Bernard Joseph Winkelman, who preceded her in death on March 12, 1965. Helen had a career spanning over 30 years as a bookkeeper with Knollmeyer Lumber. She was an active member in her community, serving as mayor and city clerk for numerous years. Her favorite pastimes included quilting and reading. Helen was a faithful member of St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta. She is survived by four daughters, Donna Sullivan of Shawnee, Kansas, Linda Orscheln of Bonnots Mill, Marilyn (Jerome) Schieder of Kansas City, and Theresa (Russel) Smith of Hastings, Nebraska; son-in-law, Lance Winkler of Columbia; 12 grandchildren, Jonathan (Bethany) Sullivan, Elizabeth (J) Morgan, Anne Luebbert, Valerie (James) Kempker, Ryan (Will) Burns, Tyler (Monica) Winkler, Karly (Brandon) Sales, Doug (Shawna) Schieder, Amy (Jason) Hester, Beth (Mark) McKelvey, Kevin Smith, and Rachel (Alex) Duryea; granddaughter-in-law, Tricia (Kyle) Orscheln LePage, 24 great-grandchildren with one on the way; three siblings, Luella Fick, Ivan Zimmer, and Larry Zimmer; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Winkler; grandson, Eric Orscheln; sons-in-law, James Sullivan and Arthur Orscheln; brother, Vernon Zimmer; and sister, Leona Fick. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., with Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, June 8, at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Meta with Fr. Leonard Mukiibi officiating. Interment will be held at St. Cecilia Cemetery. The family has requested for those attending the visitation or Mass to follow the CDC guidelines, which requires those who have not been vaccinated to wear facial masks. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to St. Cecilia Cemetery Trust or Hospice Compassus in Jefferson City. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Published June 6, 2021

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