Gerald L. Winchenbach

Nov 16, 2020
Gerald Winchenbach

Rockland — Gerald “Wink” L. Winchenbach, 84, died peacefully Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, at the Knox Center for Long Term Care, where he resided since February 2020.

Wink was born to Frank and Maude (Leach) Winchenbach Aug. 8, 1936, in Rockland and was the fifth of eight children.

Gerald worked for many years as a fuel delivery driver before retiring from the Former Webber Oil Co. in 2007.

He enjoyed puttering in his workshop, fishing and spending time at “the cottage.” He will be remembered as a man with a fun-loving nature who enjoyed a good joke, a good meal and a good nap. He also had the patience and ability to solve Rubik’s Cubes.

Wink was predeceased by his parents; sister Barbara Nystrom; brother Clayton Winchenbach and two brother in-laws James Bonner and William Nystrom.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Maude Winchenbach of Rockland; son Jeffrey Winchenbach and his wife, Kathie, and granddaughter Amie Winchenbach all of Portland; brothers Kenneth Winchenbach and his wife, Marilyn, of Rockport, Dana Winchenbach and his wife, Ruth, of Hope, Ronald Winchenbach and his wife, Norma, of Sherman Mills; sisters Lois Spooner and her husband, Gerald, of Bristol, Mary Ann Bonner of Brunswick; sister in-law Joan Winchenbach of Warren and many loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be held Friday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Achorn Cemetery with the Rev Wayne Sawyer officiating. For those wishing to attend, the family requests that you follow COVID-19 restrictions by wearing face masks and following social distancing guidelines.

Later in life, Wink came to suffer from Alzheimer’s Disease, and although flowers are welcome, donations in his name would be greatly appreciated and can be sent to Maine Alzheimer’s Association, 383 US Route 1, #2C, Scarborough ME 04074.

Until we can gather to celebrate his life, feel free to share a memory or condolence on Wink’s Book of Memories at bchfh.com.

“Life is short and we don’t have much time to gladden the hearts of those who make the journey with us. So be swift to love and make haste to be kind.”

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