Kasilof resident Ruth Victoria Wagner Wynkoop died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at home into the arms of our Lord. She was 71.
A celebration of life will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 20, at her home. Her ashes will be buried in the Macville Cemetery in Swatara, Minn.
Mrs. Wynkoop was born May 9, 1934, in Swatara, Minn. She graduated from high school in Hill City, Minn. She obtained her nursing certificate from Glenwood Hills in Minneapolis. She moved to Alaska in May 1984, residing in Kasilof. She worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough landfills in Kenai and Soldotna. She also worked for the Kenai Riverview and retired in 1990.
She was a Jehovah's Witness and enjoyed crossword puzzles, playing cards, crocheting and feeding and watching birds.
"Mom taught us not only in living, but also in dying, the values of family, loving, forgiving and laughter. Her wisdom and kindness will be missed," her family said.
Mrs. Wynkoop was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hattie (Dixon) Schindele; husbands, Leonard Edward Wynkoop in 1962 and Lyle George Wagner in 1999; brother, Elvis Schindele; and sisters, Mabel Beebe and Irma Butterfield.
She is survived by her daughters, Lenore Wynkoop, Jennifer Morris and her husband, Keith, Robin Hansen and husband, Todd, all of Kasilof, and Merry Beth Wynkoop of Massapequa Park, N.Y.; sons, Mark Wynkoop of Soldotna and Matthew Wagner and his wife, Michele, of Wasilla; sisters, Edith Smith of Springfield, Mo., Mary Diflici and husband, Ray, of Lander, Wyo., and Virginia Edwards of Ashland, Ore.; sister-in-law, Corice Schindele of Sleepy Eye, Minn.; grandchildren, McCarthy Wynkoop, Levi and Lezlee Morris, Toby, Tanner and Kadie Hansen, Alan Weil and his wife, Carla, all of Kasilof, John Wynkoop of Soldotna, Paige and Luke Wagner of Wasilla, Brian and April DelCastillo of Massapequa Park; special friend and daughter-in-law, Marilyn Walling of Lewistown, Mont., and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family prefers memorial donations, rather than flowers, be sent the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 2165, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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