Rita M. (Nichols) VanWinkle

Born: Sun., Feb. 27, 1944
Died: Thu., Oct. 5, 2017


3:30 PM to 6:00 PM, Mon., Oct. 09, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

Memorial Service

6:00 PM Mon., Oct. 09, 2017
Location: Pulliam Funeral Home

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Mrs. Rita M. VanWinkle, age 73 of Robinson, IL, passed away Thursday October 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM EST at Good Samaritan Hospital, Vincennes, IN.

Born February 27, 1944 in Hunt City, IL, she was the daughter of Leo Nichols and Elenora Mae (Woods) Nichols.  On September 7, 1962, she married William E. “Bill” VanWinkle.  Rita was employed with Victor Dana Corporation, Robinson, IL in the Kit Department for thirty years.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law, William E. and Charlotte VanWinkle Jr., Lawrenceville, IL, Robert A. VanWinkle and Sara Cox, Robinson, IL; brothers and sisters-in-law, Floyd and Kathy Woods, Oklahoma City, OK, Bill Nichols, Robinson, IL, Danny Nichols, Robinson, IL, Donnie and Angie Nichols, Robinson, IL, Roger Nichols, Robinson, IL; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Wayne Barrick, Robinson, IL, Bobbie Nichols, Lawrenceville, IL, Connie Nichols, Crawfordsville, IL, Debbie and Harold Bachelor, Robinson, IL, brother-in-law, Rob Byrley, Palestine, IL; sisters-in-law and spouses, Shirley and Bill Pippin, Robinson, IL and Jean and Ed Catt, Robinson, IL along with several nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, William E. “Bill” VanWinkle, June 21, 2009; daughter, Michelle L. VanWinkle, February 23, 2015; sister, Bonnie Byrley and sister-in-law, Pam Nichols.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday October 9, 2017 at 6:00 PM at Pulliam Funeral Home, Robinson, IL with Rev. T. R. Akers officiating.  Visitation will be Monday October 9, 2017 from 3:30 PM until time of service at 6:00 PM at the funeral home.  There will be a private family committal service in the Tohill Cemetery, rural Flat Rock, IL, at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Crawford County Spay and Neuter Foundation, Robinson, IL, with envelopes available at the funeral home.

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