Margaret Winchenbach

Margaret C. Winchenbach

August 18, 1922 - May 23, 2020
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LEOMINSTER, MA - Margaret C. Winchenbach, formerly of Rockland, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at The Highlands Long Term Care Center in Fitchburg, MA after a period of declining health.

Margaret was born to Lowell and Della (Day) Chapman in 1922 and lived at 88 New County Road in Rockland, for 91 years until she moved to Leominster, MA to live with her granddaughter and her family. Margaret was educated locally, graduating from Rockland High School in 1940.

Margaret worked for the First National (Finast) grocery store chain for 40 years before retiring in 1981. She started as a cashier and finished as the head bookkeeper. She met her husband and love of her life, Fred, at work and they were happily married on December 31, 1950 until his death in 2001.

Margaret loved nothing more than her family. Her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren brought so much happiness to her. She loved going for rides (or as she called them spins), gardening, cooking, baking and her two dogs, Duke and Bo. When her husband was living they would wake up before dawn to hunt for golf balls at Rockland Golf Club. Mrs. Winchenbach was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. After her husband passed, for many years she did the Alzheimer’s walk well into her late 80’s. Several years in a row, their home received a post card from the City of Rockland as one of the prettiest homes in the city. They took great pride in their flower gardens and mowing their lawn. She was a die-hard New England sports fan. She mostly loved the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. Everyone was afraid to sit next to her during a game. She became so passionate that she would repeatedly hit the leg of the person next to her if they were doing well or doing badly!

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Fred P. Winchenbach; and a son David P. Winchenbach; siblings, Martha Anderson and Virginia Grinnell; she leaves behind son, Donald A. Winchenbach and his wife Debra of Warren; siblings Paul Chapman of South Thomaston; Beatrice Litchfield of Scarborough; granddaughter Anne-Marie Hannigan and her husband Bill of Leominster, MA; grandson Brian Winchenbach and his wife Jessica of Poway, CA; granddaughter Rachel Winchenbach Hafer of Lakewood, CO; grandson Samuel Winchenbach and his wife Lindsey Grey of Westbrook; she also leaves her great-grandchildren, Alison and Olivia Hannigan, Brody Hafer, and Madelyn Winchenbach, along with many loved nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 383 U.S. Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Margaret’s family would like to extend a special Thank You, to the Sunrise Assisted Living in Leominster, MA and The Highland’s in Fitchburg, MA. Both took amazing and loving care of her. We would also like to thank The Maine Diner in Wells. For five weeks they shipped lobster rolls, clam chowder and desserts to give her the will to live just a bit longer.

Due to current social distancing guidelines, an outdoor gathering of ten or less immediate family members will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 29, 2020 at Achorn Cemetery in Rockland.

Local arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins 110 Limerock Street, Rockland in collaboration with Silas F. Richardson & Son Funeral Home in Leominster, MA.
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  • Graveside Service

    Friday May 29, 2020 | 11:00am
    Friday May 29, 2020 11:00am
    Achorn Cemetery
    Old County Road
    Rockland, ME 04841
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    Due to current social distancing guidelines, this is an outdoor gathering of ten or less immediate family members.


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Linda LaBeau

Posted at 05:12pm
Anne-Marie, Brian and family,
I was saddened to learn of your Gram's passing. I fondly remember spending time in Rockland, ME. She was certainly a staple in your family. I will forever remember her fish chowder and her infectious smile. She was such a fabulous lady. You have my deepest sympathies.


Karen Gallagher

Posted at 09:22pm
To Anne Marie and all of Margeret's family, Jon and I send our sincere sympathy to all of you. Margaret was a gem, a very special person. We were her neighbors for over 20 years and enjoyed her so much. She and Fred were such hard workers, mowing their lawn every nice day in the summer and painting it seemed every year. She kept up the mowing after Fred was gone, amazing! She loved to walk Duke, he really did a good job keeping her active. When we had any snow at all, she would be up early shoveling her walkway. Jon would have to run over to her and tell her he would clean up the snow, but she would never ask for help. She always had a smile on her face and loved to visit with us. We were always concerned about her safety and health, and were very saddened when it was clear she could not live alone any longer. We were so thankful she was in good hands when moving away became necessary. Thank you Anne Marie for all the pictures and updates you shared after she moved away. We certainly miss Margaret! ❤
Karen and Jon Gallagher

Karen MacNeill

Posted at 11:05am
A beautiful tree in memory of a beautiful lady. Love, The Maine Diner
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AnneMarie Hannigan Posted at 07:00pm

Karen, Thank you so much, Gram would love this! ❤️ Anne-Marie

Karen MacNeill

Posted at 10:59am
Ann-Marie and Family,
Jimmy, Karen and the Maine Diner family wish to offer our heartfelt condolences for your loss of Gram. Thank you for letting us into her world for a brief time to help nourish her and be part of her life. We are thinking of you at this very difficult time.
Take care.


Posted at 07:11pm
Such a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. Anne-Marie and Bill, we are so sorry for your loss. You and the girls returned her fierce love. Her spirit lives on with you. Continue to make your amazing grandmother proud. Sending you much love. XO

AnneMarie Hannigan Posted at 07:02pm

Bridget, I miss her so much! More than I thought possible! ❤️ Anne-Marie

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