Norma Jean Winkelman

Norma Winkelman, 89, of Beardstown, went to be with the Lord on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Heritage Health in Beardstown.

She was born December 17, 1927 in rural Brown County, the daughter of Glen H. and Rozella Icenogle Davis. She married Billie Cook on December 22, 1945 and he preceded her in death on August 5, 1959. Together they were blessed with three sons, Billy Cook, who preceded her in death in 1968, Donald (Kim) Cook of Omaha, NE and George (Alberta) Cook of Rushville and two daughters, Diane Lancaster and Debbie (Bill) Thompson, all of Beardstown. She later married Leland Winkelman on December 15, 1973 and he preceded her in death on May 19, 1989. She is survived by four step-children from this marriage, Gloria Stiltz-Hansen of Morse, Larry Winkelman of Paxton, Richard Winkelman of Hersman and Ed Winkelman of Paxton; step-son, Gary Winkelman preceded her in death on December 1, 2016.

Norma is survived by eleven grandchildren, Deana Scdam and Sunhui Snook, both of Omaha, NE, Michelle Black of Dunedin, FL, Billy Lancaster, Angie Lancaster, Mack Dailey, Becky Lancaster and Adam Lancaster, all of Beardstown, Sarah Cook of Rushville, Sam Kessinger of Griggsville and Christopher Cook of Rushville; eighteen step-grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one sister, Glenna (Dean) Nordsiek of Beardstown; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Billy Cook, two grandchildren, in infancy; and one sister, Hazel Maxine Pilger; and one brother, Loren Davis .

Mrs. Winkelman was a lifelong member of First Christian Church in Beardstown and a decade resident of St. Anne’s Catholic Retirement, where she made several beloved friends. Norma was an excellent cook and worked in several kitchens and area nursing homes. She was famous for her date cake and homemade chicken and noodles. She enjoyed scratching lottery tickets in hopes to hit it big. She found happiness in caring for others.

A funeral service will be held 11 AM Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at First Christian Church in Beardstown with burial at Beardstown City Cemetery. Family will meet friends Tuesday from 9:30 AM until time of services at the church. Memorials are suggested to Cass-Schuyler Area Hospice or Meals on Wheels. Condolences may be sent to the family online at  Sager Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.