Verona-Margaret (Winkelman) Stamm, a life-long Verona resident, died peacefully at home on Sunday, November 4, 2012, after a long and fulfilling life ended by a courageous and challenging several month battle with cancer. Margaret was born on September 27, 1923, to Ernest and Lillian (Kline) Winkelman. She was their third daughter, later followed by a younger brother. She grew up in the house at the corner of Main Street and Marietta, designed and built by her father, an architect and highly skilled carpenter. She graduated from Verona High School in 1940 with 31 other graduates. Her high school experience kindled her enduring love of reading and numbers, her favorite classes being English and Algebra. In her last days she still managed her own check book, read two newspapers, and enjoyed books supplied by the Verona Public Library. She was a life-long member of St. James Lutheran Church in Verona where she was married and later taught Sunday School. She was always proud that her grandfather, Adolph Winkelman, had been a founding member of the church, and that her father had been the only local carpenter with the skill to alter the height of the pulpit without rebuilding it. Soon after graduation from high school she married Roman M. Stamm and became the mother of three sons, all of whom later graduated from Verona High School. While starting her family, she contributed to the WWII effort by working a night shift at Ray O’Vac Company. She recalled returning home at 5 a.m. with fingers black from filling battery cores. After a post-war decade as a full-time mom, Marge rejoined the work force beginning at Carnes, Corp. in Verona, completing her work career as a supervisor in the records section of the State of Wisconsin Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Her memories of living through the Depression years as a young girl were vivid. She recalled that despite the shortage of money and clothes, her family had plenty to eat due to productive family gardens, and her sharpshooting father’s night time rabbit hunting forays from his motor cycle. Nevertheless, the Depression experience left its mark, making her both a prudent manager of money and a staunch Democrat who never forgot the contributions of labor unions during that period. She would often say, “Labor unions saved the middle class, and now they want to do away with them.” Of all the State politicians, she admired Governor Gaylord Nelson and Senator William Proxmire the most. She died with a clear mind a few weeks after reaching her 89th birthday, still telling stories about long-ago family events that no one else remembered. Her courage and gracious manner will long be cherished by her family and many friends.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Roman M. Stamm, in 1988; two sisters Kathryn Hendricks of Upland, CA and Loraine Hendricks of Bullhead City, AX; and her granddaughter Aimee Stamm of Primrose Township, Wisconsin. She is survived by a brother, Kenneth Winkelman of Spearfish, SD; three sons and daughters-in-law, Keith & Kathleen (Kenney) Stamm of Seattle, WA; Gary & Linda (Droster) Stamm of Waunakee, WI; Norm & Bonnie (Johnson) Stamm of Verona, WI; four grandchildren, Teresa Olson, Colleen Lew, Barry Stamm and Mitchell Stamm; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Rowan, Sawyer and Makayl.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at ST. JAMES LUTHERAN CHURCH, 427 S. Main Street, Verona, with the Rev. Kurt Billings presiding. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, VERONA CHAPEL, 220 Enterprise Drive, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church.