Organist ~ Becky Tycz
Soloist ~ Joe Sokolowski
Sheryl Van Winkle was born on May 13, 1951 to Leonard & Dorothy “Belle” (Starr) Dvoracek in Yankton, South Dakota. On June 8, 1968, she was united in marriage to Richard “Rick” Van Winkle at her parent’s home in rural Tyndall by Rev. H. F. Vans. They moved to Wood, South Dakota in 1974 where Rick worked for the Edwards Ranch. After 3 years, they returned to Tyndall where Rick and Sheryl started their own family farm. For over 20 years, Sheryl worked at St. Michael’s Hospital Avera in Tyndall as a nursing assistant and later in central supply/purchasing. In 2000, she became the manager of Gemar’s Grocery Store in Tyndall until her retirement in 2006 due to health reasons. Sheryl was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church in Tyndall her entire life. She was baptized, attended Sunday school, and confirmed there. As a loving Christian mother, she raised her children likewise, having them baptized, attend Sunday school, and be confirmed at the Presbyterian Church. Throughout the years, she also served as a Sunday school teacher and as a session member. By the grace of God, Sheryl’s prayers and the prayers of many, including her church family, were answered when she survived brain cancer in 2006. She cherished her grandchildren and the time she spent with them. She was one of their biggest encouragers and rarely missed one of their sporting events or school activities. In her spare time, she loved to cook, garden, and take numerous photos. Sheryl passed away on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at St. Michael Hospital Avera in Tyndall, South Dakota having attained the age of 65 years, 5 months, and 19 days.
She is survived by her sons: Jeff (Karl Blessinger) of Huron and Justin (Lisa) of Tyndall; daughter-in-law Lisa (Randy) Weier of Tyndall; grandchildren: Tyler (Brittany), Jared, Scott, Tanner, and Allisan; great-grandchildren: Paisley, Quinn, and Lainey; sister Debbie Einrem of Sioux Falls; brother Gary (Michelle) Dvoracek of Springfield; brothers-in-law: Ken (Carol) Van Winkle of Gig Harbor, WA and Gary Van Winkle of Ft. Collins, CO; sisters-in-law: Zoa (James) Libis of Springfield and Peg (Wayne) Winckler of Tyndall; and many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.
She was welcomed into Heaven by her husband Rick, son Scott Van Winkle, her parents, her in-laws Romain & Alice Van Winkle, and brother-in-law Jerry Einrem.