Dora Mae (Plecker) Kleinschmidt VanWinkle was born May 30, 1921, in Wellman, Iowa, the daughter of William and Lottie (Miller) Plecker. She attended school at Brush near Frytown, Sunnyside near Hills, and graduated from Sharon High School in 1940.
On Oct. 4, 1940, Dora was united in marriage to Fred Kleinschmidt at the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City. They lived and farmed near Washington and West Chester for many years before moving to Iowa City. Upon retiring they moved back to Washington where Dora became the Senior Citizen’s director. In 1990 they celebrated their golden anniversary, and moved back to Iowa City. Fred passed away in 1994.
On Feb. 10, 1997, Dora married Lloyd VanWinkle in Shamrock, Texas. She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City.
Dora passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, at Windmill Manor in Coralville at the age of 98 years.
Dora is survived by two daughters: Joan Sprinkle of Tuscon, Ariz., and Rita Martin of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; three grandchildren: Laurie (Kris) Wallace, Paul Prizler, and Jason (Amy) Martin; and four great-grandchildren: Bo Wallace, Marlee Wallace, Isabelle Martin and Sophia Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands: Fred Kleinschmidt and Lloyd VanWinkle; a grandson: Michael Martin; three brothers: Lloyd Plecker, Everett Plecker, and infant Edwin Plecker; two sisters: Fern Herdliska and Lilah Sass; and sons-in-law: Kim Martin and Ken Sprinkle.
A private graveside service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in rural Kalona. There will be no visitation. A memorial fund has been established for St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery.
The Yoder-Powell Funeral Home is caring for Dora and her family.