Sandra Rae Wingate

1936 - 2020

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Sandra Rae Wingate, 84, of Van Buren, passed away at 6:09 p.m., Friday, October 16, 2020, at the Bridge Hospice Care Center, Findlay. She was born on March 6, 1936 in North Baltimore to the late Joy Niel and Alice Kathryn "Kate" (Topping) Apple. She married H. Floyd Wingate on August 5, 1954, in LaGrange, IN, and he preceded her in death a few hours prior on Friday, October 16, 2020. Sandra is survived by her sons: Greg (Jeanne) Wingate of Bowling Green, Jeff (Reta) Wingate of Jenera and Doug (Amy) Wingate of Findlay; daughters: Cara Sue (Paul) Stefanka of Van Buren and Jane Ellen Wingate-Motter of Van Buren; brothers: James Ned (Donna) Apple of Port Clinton, David Niel (Karen) Apple of Portage and John Wayne (Annis Kay) Apple of Castalia; sister, Sue Ellen (Bob) Smith of North Baltimore; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Scott Douglas Wingate. Sandra retired from Norbalt Rubber Company in North Baltimore, and had previously worked at Dow Chemical, D.S. Brown and Abco. She was a graduate of North Baltimore High School, where she was the 1953 fall homecoming queen and National Honor Society Member. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, North Baltimore, and Eastern Stars Morris Chapter #265. In her younger years she was a Candy Striper at Wood County Hospital, Cub Scouts Den Mother, and a Van Buren Elementary School reading volunteer. Sandra and Floyd both enjoyed square dancing and polka dancing. She also enjoyed gardening, camping, playing piano, sewing, collecting thimbles and Santa keepsakes, rooting on the Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Indians. A combined funeral service with her adoring husband Floyd will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 22, 2020, at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, North Baltimore, with Pastor Phil Park-Thomas and Pastor John Apple officiating. Burial will be in New Maplewood Cemetery, North Baltimore. Visitation will be held 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday at SMITH-CRATES FUNERAL HOME, and 1 hour (10-11 a.m.) prior to the service on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Service Information
  • Visitation Details:

    515 N. Main St
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45872
    Wednesday, October 21st 2020 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 PM
    Thursday, October 22nd 2020 10:00 - 11:00 AM

  • Funeral Service:

    Thursday, October 22nd 2020 - 11:00 AM

  • Service Location:

    515 North Main Street
    North Baltimore, Ohio 45842

  • Final Resting Place:

    New Maplewood Cemetery [Map]

    North Baltimore, Ohio

  • Contributions:

    Charity of the Donor's Choice


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To : Greg Wingate family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Mark Siebarth
My sincere condolences to everyone at this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.

To : Greg and Family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Andrew Miller and Kelly Morales and Family
Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. My God bring you peace.

To : Doug and Family
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Diana Lauer Halliday
Doug, I was so sorry to hear about your parents. I remember them so well growing up, they were always around the school at all sorts of events and I remember your Dad driving school bus. You and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

To : Greg Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Chris Rappuhn Family
Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

To : Greg and Jeanne Wingate
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : Ed and Susan Klawitter
We never remember your Mom without a smile on her face. Her birthday was the same as Ed's Mom, March 6th and the were both incredible Mothers-in-law. I know your Mom loved her children and grandchildren and was happiest when surrounded by family. Her 66 year marriage to Floyd was such a testimony of commitment. We share your loss and pray daily for you.

To : The Wingates - Greg Jeff Doug Cara and Jane
Date :Monday, October 19th 2020
From : John and Gale Apple Soares
I am so saddened by the loss of your mom and dad. I cannot imagine losing parents, but both on the same day must be especially difficult, I have so many fond memories of time spent with each of you and your parents and the fun we shared at Grandma and Grandpa’s. May your memories help you through the difficult days ahead.

To : Cara and family
Date :Tuesday, October 20th 2020
From : Mary Lockmiller Henderson
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of both of your parents. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Mary

To : Doug Wingate and family
Date :Wednesday, October 21st 2020
From : Lisa Foust Byers
Doug, I am so sorry to hear about your parents. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

To : Doug Amy
Date :Wednesday, October 21st 2020
From : Nancy Billmaier Jakubiec
Doug, Amy & family I wanted to let you know how sorry I am for all of you. One of the hardest things in life is when your parents die. How especially hard to loose both of them on the same day. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know you have a lot of great memories to cherish forever. Nancy J.

To : Jane Motter and Family
Date :Wednesday, October 21st 2020
From : Jason L Miles
Dear Jane,
My deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your parents. I can’t even fathom the concept of loss both parents in a 24 hour period. My heart goes out to you, in hoping you find comfort, strength and at some point peace of your loss. Big hugs to you my friend.

Jason ❤️

Date :Wednesday, October 21st 2020
So sorry for the lost of both your parents, can't imagine the pain you, your family, and your siblings are going thru. My heart goes out to you, God bless.

To : Cara phillip Stefania and family
Date :Thursday, October 22nd 2020
From : Rick Mays
Dear cara and phillip so saddened to hear of your mom and Dad on the same thoughts and prayers are with you....

To : Greg Wingate Family
Date :Thursday, October 22nd 2020
From : Randy Amy Schott
Our sincere condolences to you Greg and your entire family. I know it is a difficult time for everyone right now, but please know you are in our thoughts.