Karen E. Winchenbach

Mar 05, 2014

West Appleton — Karen E. (Sweetland) Winchenbach passed away Feb. 25 2014, in Boston.

She was the daughter of Paul and Joyce Sweetland Sr., Bud and Annie Curry; and was raised by grandmother Charlotte Sweetland.

She was born in Camden Sept. 1, 1949.

She attended schools in Searsmont for primary and graduated from Camden/Rockport High School in 1967.

She was the beloved wife of Eugene Winchenbach Jr. for 30-plus years.

She is survived by her husband Gene, and was the loving mother of Lisa and Christopher Pease of Searsmont, Larry and Tabitha York Jr. of Union, Heidi Winchenbach and fiancé Steven Oakes of Appleton, Eugene and Leila Winchenbach III. of Thomaston, and former daughter-in-law Courtney Watson of Rockland.

Is the grandmother of Evan, Ruth, Ashley, Shayanne, Santana, Jason, Gabriel, Thomas, Owen, Amber, Keanna, Amber, Dakota, Zackary, Elijah, Kubota and Shadow; and two great-grandchildren.

She is the sister of Phil and Loretta Sweetland, Charlie and Melody Sweetland, Paul and M. Katherine Sweetland Jr., Elmer Sweetland, Brenda and Bo Spaulding, Elizabeth Carter and Paul Winchenbach, Brian and Wendy Curry, Stephanie and Scott Carpenter, and Mitch.

She is the sister-in-law of Evelyn and Floyd Grindle, Buddy and Ethelyn Philbrook, Alice and Ron Cramer, Patricia and Ken Mc Gray, Ken and Marie Collamore, Dickey Winchenbach, Mary and John Francis, and Mitch and Laurie Perrier of New York. She is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews.

Is fondly remembered by Ellie, Lili, Aunt Charlene, and special Avon buddies Cindy, and Lucille. Also by family cats including Grumpy and dog Tina.

She is predeceased by her grandmother Sweetland, father Paul Sweetland Sr., mother Annie Curry Uncle Wilbur, daughter Chassidy, and brother Rusty.

She was the Avon lady for the Midcoast for more than 20 years. She enjoyed motorcycle ride trips to the Down East and Fort Kent with husband Gene, and Liz and Paul, including the yearly Blessing of the Bikes in Cole Brook, N.H. She relished working in her flower garden and watching the neighborhood children and grandchildren sledding in her front yard every winter. She was active with Camp NEOFA, sponsored by the Odd Fellows Association. And made the best homemade donuts, chocolates, fudge and Owen’s chicken soup.

Karen had soft spot in her heart for animals of all kinds.

A celebration of life was held at the Warren Odd Fellows Hall March 8 with a Green and Purple theme as they are Karen’s favorite colors.

A special thanks to: town of Appleton, Odd Fellows, family and friends for their love, support and help during a very difficult time. Thank you. Love, Eugene, Heidi, Lisa, Larry, and Gene.


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