Gertrude Winkenbach

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Gertrude Koch

Died June 4, 2013, in Arroyo Grande, California, at the age of 102. She was born and raised in Oakland, where she lived most of her life. She lived in the San Luis Obispo area the past 13 years.

Gertrude's parents had emigrated from Germany three years before her birth. Gertrude spoke German at home until she went to school. After graduating from St. Elizabeth High School, she worked for eleven years for several insurance companies in San Francisco. Some of her fondest memories were of those years, proud to have held a job during the Great Depression and making many friends playing bridge on the ferry to San Francisco. She was then a wife, homemaker and mother. She was a life-long Catholic, active in St. Jarlath's Parish in Oakland when her children were growing up. She played golf into her mid 70's and bridge until two years ago. She cherished her many relatives and friends, then stayed in contact with their children. She was a world traveler, visiting Europe many times, and with trips to Japan, China, Turkey, the Near East, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Gertrude was the widow of Wilfred Winkenbach, a limited partner in the Oakland Raiders and the inventor of Fantasy Football. She is survived by her children, Gerald Winkenbach (Nancy) of Pismo Beach and Patricia Winkenbach (Larry Wallace) of Avila Beach; her grandchildren, Corinne Green (Paul) of Poway and John Winkenbach (Laura) of San Francisco; her great-grandchildren, Tyler and Nathan Green, and Avery Winkenbach; her niece, Julie Koch Gavin and daughters, Margot and Anna; dear relatives, Peggy Winkenbach and Peter Van Loon; and many other relatives in the Winkenbach and Van Loon families.

The family thanks the devoted staffs of Casa Rosa Elder Care and Hospice of the Central Coast for the care of their Mother.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth Church, 1530 - 34th Avenue, Oakland CA 94601 at 10:00am on Friday, June 14th. Reception to follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gertrude's favorite charity, St. Elizabeth's High School, at the above address.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on June 7, 2013