Shirley D. Winkelman
Shirley Dorothy “Punky” Peste- Winkelman, 72, of Olympia, WA (formerly of Shelton) passed away at her home unexpectedly from natural causes on Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Shirley was born on June 4, 1940 to Fred and Helene (Devlin) Peste in Shelton, WA. She graduated from Irene S. Reed High School in Shelton in 1958 and married Frank Winkelman. They had two children, Tracy and Teresa.
Shirley was a lover of life and was a homemaker for a number of years and was an entrepreneur of her eccentric journey at various careers. She was very proud of her achievement at graduating from Evergreen State College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 1997. She most recently was employed as a travel agent at ACT Travel of Olympia before her retirement. Shirley enjoyed the Casino, traveling and gardening. Her yard was beautiful and she was also an avid reader and a gifted writer. She was president of the Capital Cruisers (car club of the Chrysler PT Cruisers), Altrusa, Relay for Life Team Marlene/50’s Class, two time volunteer of the year recipient for Thurston County Kiwanis, a huge supporter and volunteer with the Olympia Children’s Hands on Museum, and of the SPCA. She loved her two dogs that she lovingly dubbed “her girls”, two King Charles Cavalier Spaniels, “Lacy” and “Honey”. Although she will be greatly missed because of her tenacity, candor, strength, humor, warmth and generosity, we are blessed that she went while very busy with business of her full life. She was unflappable, unstoppable and determined, admired and adored.
She is survived by her son, Tracy (Suzanne), Apple Valley, CA; daughter Teresa Winkelman-Amburgy, Chehalis; sister, Sharon (Gib) Johnson, Shelton; grandchildren, Bailey and Madison Amburgy, Frank, Elise, Greyson, Jenna and Emma Winkelman and Amanda Baxter. She had numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and was preceded in death by her husband Frank; mother, Helene Peste and father and stepmother, Fred and Lillian Peste and sister Marlene Peste-Davidson.
Memorial donations can be made to the Relay for Life Team Marlene of Mason County.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Hope Chapel, 421 West “E” St, Shelton on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 11:00 am. McComb Funeral Home was honored to serve this family.