Jean Ann Van Winkle Engstrom

Engstrom Jean Ann Van Winkle Engstrom, 65, of Indianapolis, IN, died Thursday, February 7, 2013, at Kobacker House in Columbus, OH. Jean graduated from Whetstone High School in 1965. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in theatre from The Ohio State University. She began her career in costume design creating costumes in Michigan for opera and community theatre. From there, she moved to New York City where she freelanced as a costume designer and fashion stylist for six years, including work with Patrick Demarchelier, Wes Anderson, Betsey Johnson, and Emmy and Bill Irwin. Her published work appeared in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, People Magazine, and USA Today. She designed costumes for several independent films, was a designer at the Kaufman Center, the Lucy Moses School of Performing Arts, and was an artist in residence at the Manhattan School for Children. Most recently, Jean served as the resident costume designer for the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre in Indianapolis, IN. Jean was born in Columbus, OH, on May 6, 1948, the second of four children of the late Quentin and Mildred Knutson Van Winkle. She was preceded in death by her husband John Frederick Engstrom, and brother Robert Allen Van Winkle. Survivors include: son, John (Angela) Engstrom; and grandson, Holden Engstrom; son, Erik Engstrom; brother, James (Cherille) Van Winkle; and sister, Gretchen Van Winkle; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Jean was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her gift of beauty and magic through theatre and the arts will be treasured. Jean will be remembered in a memorial service on the 8th of June (noon), at the home of James Van Winkle, 25420 Lunda Rd., West Mansfield, OH, 43358. Memorial contributions may be made to: Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre 3 Center Green, Suite 200 Carmel, IN, 46032.
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Feb. 14, 2013