Bonnie Jean (Thornburg) Winstel
Bonnie Jean (Thornburg) Winstel

VAN WERT, Ohio — Bonnie Jean (Thornburg) Winstel, 84, of Van Wert, died at 5:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at Van Wert County Hospital, Van Wert.

She was born May 17, 1929, in Alton, Kansas, to the late Florence Fern (King) and Raymond Arthur Thornburg.

Her first husband, Kenneth E. Jenkins, died in 1956. She married Joseph Everett Winstel, Sr. on May 25, 1968. He died Dec. 28, 2003.


Survivors include a son: Steven E. Jenkins of Van Wert; brothers: Raymond Arthur Thornburg, Jr. of Osborne, Kansas, and Donald Thornburg of Kinnelon, New Jersey; sisters: Ida Lee Schump of Kansas and Myrna Marie Saunders of Oklahoma, and a grandchild: Walter Winstel of Oklahoma.

She was preceded in death by a son: Kenneth Edward Jenkins

She worked at Kennedy Mfg. She was affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and VFW Auxiliary.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Cowan & Son Funeral Home, Van Wert. The Rev. Stuart Wyatt of Good Shepherd Church of the Nazarene will officiate. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Van Wert.

Calling hours are 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday before the services.

Preferred memorial is Alzheimer’s Association or Van Wert Humane Society.