Mary Gwendlyn "Gwen" Wynkoop
1931 - 2018
Gwen Wynkoop, of Palm Beach, FL, and Findlay, Ohio, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 20, in her home in Palm Beach, following several months of varied health struggles. Known for her irresistibly endearing smile and the loving warmth with which she interacted with everyone, she leaves behind countless friends, family members, fellow singers, neighbors, coworkers, and an array of others whose lives she brightened immeasurably during the course of her life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Clarence Wynkoop, by her sister Shirley Gainsley, her brother William M. Holloway, and her brother Kent Holloway. Born Mary Gwendlyn Holloway to William C. Holloway, Jr., and Dorothy McFall Holloway on June 6, 1931, in Galatea, Ohio, Gwen attended elementary school in Akron and North Baltimore, Ohio. She and her older sister Shirley shared a love of music, and they frequently performed together in church and school during their childhood, even when family circumstances caused them to live apart temporarily. In high school, Gwen worked as a clerk and office worker at Uhlmanns department store after school and during the summers. After graduating from North Baltimore High School in 1949, she worked for a year and a half at Bartlett Insurance Company, doing office work. During the summer of 1950, she met Raymond Clarence Wynkoop (b. 1929), of Van Buren, OH, and they were married at the St. Lukes Lutheran Church in North Baltimore on October 29, 1950, after a short courtship. They lived in North Baltimore until Ray was drafted by the Army in January 1951. While he was stationed at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, working in the Army post office, Gwen lived with her grandfather, William C. Holloway, Sr., in nearby Battletown, Kentucky. Six months later, they moved to Indiana when Ray was transferred to Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. Son Rodney Alan Wynkoop (b. 1951) and daughter Debra Ann (Anni) Wynkoop (Colette)(b. 1952) were born while Ray was serving in the Army, and son Randall Lee Wynkoop (b. 1954) was born in Findlay, Ohio, while Ray and Gwen were living on a farm in Arcadia, Ohio, owned by his parents (Clarence Leroy Wynkoop and Pearl Barfell Wynkoop). They moved to Findlay in December 1955, where Ray worked for the Ohio Oil Company (later renamed Marathon Oil Co.) and Gwen undertook the multiple responsibilities of running the Wynkoop household. They joined First Lutheran Church in Findlay, where Gwen sang in the choir for decades. She began teaching piano lessons in 1957 and quickly became a beloved piano teacher who eventually taught hundreds of piano students and some organ students during her almost 30 years of teaching, all the while balancing this with the many obligations of managing household and family affairs. She was active in two charitable organizations dedicated to childrens health: TWIG (Terrific Women in Giving) and CCL (Child Conservation League), and she remained close friends with some of the other members throughout her life. In 1965, Ray and Gwens fourth child, Dale L Wynkoop, was born. The family started playing tennis in the late 1960s, and this quickly became a passion that continued throughout Gwens life. She took a job at the Hancock County Mental Health Board in 1984, working there until she retired in 1992 when Ray also retired from Marathon. They began to do more traveling, and the following winter they bought a condo in Palm Beach, Florida. From that time on, they split their time each year between Ohio and Florida. After moving to Florida, Ray and Gwen spent much time playing tennis and traveling extensively, frequently going to see their childrens and grandchildrens performances, sporting events, weddings, birthdays, and graduations. She began singing in the Masterworks Chorus of The Palm Beaches and later in The Robert Sharon Chorale, and she and Ray toured Europe several times with these choirs. They joined the Royal Poinciana Chapel and a small movie group, and they found many friends there as well as in the choirs. She tended faithfully to Ray for many years subsequent to his cancer diagnosis, until his passing in 2008. In the years since then, she continued to enjoy many of the same activities, while also becoming an avid golfer and traveling even more frequently to family events. Gwen is survived by her sister Valerie McGuire (EJ Jones), son Rodney Wynkoop, daughter Anni Wynkoop Collette (Daniel McKay KC Collette), son Randy Wynkoop (Patti Myers Wynkoop), and son Dale Wynkoop (Sandy Keber Wynkoop), as well as 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at First Lutheran Church, Findlay, at 11 am on Saturday, December 29. The family will receive friends at COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME on Friday, December 28, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Lutheran Church in Findlay or to the student scholarship fund of The Robert Sharon Chorale in Palm Beach.
COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME [Map]
205 West Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Friday, December 28th 2018 2:00 - 4:00 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 29th 2018 - 11:00 AM
First Lutheran Church [Map]
109 E. Lincoln St
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Final Resting Place:
Maple Grove Cemetery [Map]
1120 W Main Cross St
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Condolences For Mary Gwendlyn "Gwen" Wynkoop
Unfortunately, we will not be able to attend neither the viewing or funeral. Our oldest daughter, Rachel, lives inTallahassee FL and we are there with her during holidays.
Becky (Cramer) Meadors
My thoughts and prayers are with you. Greg Meyers
Thank-you so much for sharing such a wonderful, wonderful lady.