Joanne E.R. Winkenhower died on July 18, from complications from pneumonia. She was 85.
Winkenhower was born Nov. 2, 1924 in Minneapolis to parents John and Majorie Ringe.
She grew up as an army brat, as her father was an army officer and moved often. The family eventually settled in Washington D.C.
Winkenhower was baptized/confirmed at St. Katherine’s Chapel in the late 1930s as Episcopalian.
She graduated from O’Keeffee Grade School in 1938, and from Washington Seminary High School in 1942. Winkenhower attended DePauw University in Green Castle, Ind., where she graduated in 1946.
Winkenhower moved to Burbank in 1948. She worked for Douglas Aircraft from 1951 to 1963.
She met Edward in 1960 and married him the next year. They had three children, Denise, Lawrence and Nadine.
The couple built and designed a house in Malibu, where they moved in 1966. It was known as Andromeda Farm because of its animals and fruit trees. She enjoyed working in the garden with the beautiful roses and calla lilies. Winkenhower lived in the home for the remainder of her life.
She enjoyed collecting shells from around the world and was a member of the Pacific Shell Club for many years. Winkenhower also painted and had several entries in the Malibu Arts Festival.
She attended and was involved with St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church for more than 40 years and frequented St. Mary’s Retreat House in Santa Barbara. She also was a world traveler, going to places such as China and Europe.
Winkenhower attended Cal State Northridge until last fall. She took classes in photography, print and physical therapy. She also took an autobiography class in Malibu and was in the process of writing her autobiography.
Winkenhower is survived by her husband, three children and 10 grandchildren.
A memorial service will take place on Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church.
Flower donations in her memory should be sent to the church at 28211 Pacific Coast Highway.