VAN WINKLE, FRANCES ROSEMARY - 92, our dearly loved mother, completed her life's journey May 4, 2013 peacefully in her sleep at her home. A non-smoker living in a smoke-free home, she was taken by lung cancer. She was born July 22, 1920, in Washington, DC, to Leo Albert Jachowski and Elsie Schmidt Jachowski; and brothers, Dr. Leo A Jachowski and Robert Adrian Jachowski. Educated at McKinley Technical High School in Washington, she was awarded her RN degree at Garfield Hospital. She received a master's degree in public health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where she met her beloved Roscoe, a chemical and nuclear engineer. They were married for 61 years until his death in 2008. Settling first in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, when it was still a closed city, later they moved to West Hills, and eventually to Kingston Pike in the Sequoyah Hills area for the last fifty years. She was a born caregiver and knew early in life she wanted to be a nurse. Her final professional duty before her marriage was to escort the ailing Princess of Thailand on the around the world trip from Washington to Thailand. Primarily a homemaker, her generosity and forgiving nature made her home a haven for her children and their friends. She and Roscoe served as a host family to several American Field Service international students. She played the piano until arthritis crippled her hands, and her cheerful, trilling whistling was noteworthy. Born with an artistic talent and spirit, her feast tables at holidays and beautifully wrapped gifts were worthy of the finest magazines. Pretty and vivacious, she loved to dance and would grab the nearest available partner to waltz around the house. A skilled seamstress, the smocked baby clothes she fashioned are treasured heirlooms to the family. A founding member of the West Hills Evening Garden Club, she enjoyed gardening and flower arranging. She served as a Gray Lady volunteer at Lake Shore Mental Hospital and was a Girl Scout leader in both Oak Ridge and Knoxville. She loved to drive and was out in her car everyday, even within the last month of her life. The daily crossword puzzle was part of her routine each morning. She leaves daughters, Elizabeth Farr (John) of Knoxville and Susan Dunn (Jerry) of Richland, WA; sons, John of Chattanooga, and Freddy of Knoxville; grandchildren, Allison Fleming Chance, Andrew, Phillip, and Benjamin Van Winkle, and Bonnie Farr; and step grandchildren Kelly Dunn Dockery and Chris Dunn; and three great grandchildren (with one more on the way this summer); and beloved nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 10th, 2013, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Highland Memorial Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 11th, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 6900 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN, with Rev. Eric L. Murray and Rev. Pauline Farrington-Pezzino officiating. A reception will follow at 6:00 p.m. in the Messiah Lutheran Church fellowship hall. Please sign Mrs. Van Winkle's online register book at www.highlandmemorialparks.com. Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919. 865-588-0567
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Published in Knoxville News Sentinel from May 9 to May 11, 2013