Obituaries – 07-15-2020

Marian Gertrude Van Winkle

Marian Gertrude (Kirz) Van Winkle died April 8.

She was born to Victor and Gertrude (Weber) in New York City.

Her parents bought a summer home in the Mount View section of Wayne, New Jersey, in 1940 and that was where she met her future husband, Bernard.

After they were married Oct. 6, 1951, she transferred her job from New York Bell to New Jersey Bell. She worked there for 37 years.

She first lived in Clifton, New Jersey, then moved to Oakland, New Jersey, where she had joined the Women’s Club of Oakland and later became its president.

She retired from “Ma Bell” at 55 and moved to Holmes Beach with her husband.

On the island, she started her life of volunteering and traveling around the world.

She was the president of the Venice Diocese Women’s Council and was twice president of St. Bernard Catholic Church Women’s Council.

She also joined the Red Hat Society, the local Women’s Club, the Off-Stage Ladies and the N.J. Bell Pioneers.

She was a regular contributor to The Islander of announcements for the groups she represented.

She really enjoyed life.

A memorial service was held in Riverdale, New Jersey. Memorial donations can be made to your favorite charity.

She is survived by her sister, Catherine Dec and her husband Henry; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

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