Elizabeth Wingate


NEY -- Elizabeth May Wingate, 96, of Ney, Ohio, passed away Monday, January 2, 2012.

She was a teacher for 32 years including three years in the Ayersville, seven years in the Farmer, nine years in the Hicksville and 13 years in the Bryan school districts. Mrs. Wingate was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Bryan, the Progress Club of Bryan, the County Teachers Association, the Ohio Retired Teachers Association and Friends of the Defiance Library, and a former member of the American Association of University Women.

Born on November 12, 1915, in Ayersville, Defiance County, Ohio, to Anna (Gottschalk) and Erwin Shumaker, Elizabeth graduated from Defiance High School in 1933, Bowling Green State University in 1936 and Defiance College in 1965. She married Paul Wingate in 1939 and he preceded her in death on November 5, 1970.

Surviving Mrs. Elizabeth Wingate are two sons, Jack (Margie) Wingate of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Neil (Susan) Wingate of Lowell, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Tad Wingate, Brian Wingate, Toby Wingate, Melanie Juckel, Sarah (Andrew) Hermann, Christopher Wingate, Anne Wingate and Andrew (Paulina) Wingate; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Wingate was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Schafer and Grace Shumaker; and three brothers, Nelson Shumaker, Vernon Shumaker and Earl Shumaker.

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth M. Wingate will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 5, 2012, in the Oberlin-Turnbull Funeral Home, 206 North Lynn Street, Bryan, with Pastor Ruth Carter-Crist officiating. Interment will follow in the Ayersville Cemetery, Ayersville, Ohio. Visitation for Mrs. Wingate will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. in the funeral home. Visitation will also be held from 9-10 a.m. Thursday prior to the funeral service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in loving memory of Mrs. Wingate may be made to Hospital Hospice and Home Health, Community Hospitals and Wellness Centers, 433 West High Street, Bryan, Ohio 43506-1650.

Condolences may be sent to the family or the online guest book may be signed at www.oberlinturnbull.com.

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  • Mrs. Wingate was a great person. I grew up just across the road from her and spent a lot of time as a young child with her. She was always so nice to me. She will be missed. Since I live so far away now and was just there last week I hate I will not make the funeral. So, I hope the family reads this and knows that my thoughts and prayers are with them through this tough time. Martha Heisler-Parrish