Carolyn Winegardner, 76

Carolyn Winegardner, 76, of Wabash, died 4:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at her home. She was born on July 10, 1944, in Everett, Wash., to Donald Eugene and Dorothy (Dawes) Mattern.

Carolyn was a longtime member of the St. Matthews United Church of Christ and helped organize the Jerry Lewis Telethon, taught the teenage Sunday school class, organized many church social events, and sang in the choir. She was a current member of Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.

She enjoyed reading, working in the yard, and spending time with family and friends. She was God's gift to her husband and family. Carolyn was known for her compassionate heart and leaves a legacy of love and faith in her Lord Jesus. She was often recognized for her life that exemplified the fruits of the Spirit, showing self-less care for others.

She is survived by her husband, Craig C. Winegardner of Wabash; three children, Jason (Michelle) Winegardner of Peru, Nathan (Jessica) Winegardner of Charlotte, N.C., and Sarah (Matthew) Graham of Warsaw; eight grandchildren, Olivia (Jesse) Harmeyer of Warsaw, Madison Winegardner, Caleb Winegardner, and Laci Winegardner, all of Peru, Margot Winegardner of Charlotte, N.C., Scotia Graham of Warsaw, Hattie Winegardner, and Birdie Winegardner, both of Charlotte, N.C.  She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Eugene Mattern; mother, Dorothy (Dawes) Mattern; and brother, Larry Mattern.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 18, 2021, at Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash, with Solomon David officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash.  Friends may call 3-7 p.m., Thursday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Life Center of Wabash.

The memorial guest book for Carolyn may be signed at

Posted on 2021 Jun 14